Kathryn Cameron Atkinson
Chair, International Department

Washington, D.C.
Global Regions

Kathryn Cameron Atkinson

Kathryn Cameron Atkinson is the Chair of the International Department and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice focuses on international corporate compliance, including, in particular, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as export controls and economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering laws. She advises clients on corruption issues around the world. This advice has included compliance with the FCPA and related laws and international treaties in a wide variety of contexts, including transactional counseling, formal opinions, internal investigations, enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and resulting monitorships, as well as commercial litigation raising improper payment issues. Ms. Atkinson served as the government-appointed Independent Compliance Monitor for KBR, Inc. in an FCPA matter settled with the DOJ and SEC. She was a member of the original Transparency International task force that developed a compliance toolkit for small and medium-sized entities. She co-produced, with Homer E. Moyer, Jr., "Comply But Compete," a versatile, video-based FCPA training program. 

On the compliance side of the practice, Ms. Atkinson focuses in particular on the design and implementation of custom-tailored international regulatory compliance programs for large and small companies in a wide range of industries.  Her compliance practice includes performing compliance due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, designing and performing compliance audits and assessments, training company personnel and third parties, and working with companies to design tailored safeguards in complex business transactions and relationships with third parties. 

Government Experience
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Chambers Global: FCPA (United States), 2015 - 2016
  • Chambers USA: FCPA (National), 2014 - 2016
  • Chambers Global: International Trade: FCPA Experts (United States), 2014
  • Chambers USA: International Trade: FCPA Experts (National), 2012 - 2013
  • Ethisphere Institute's Attorneys Who Matter (Specialists: Private Practice), 2015
  • Ethisphere Institute's Attorneys Who Matter (Top Guns), 2014
  • Ethisphere Institute's Attorneys Who Matter (Up and Comers/Rising Stars), 2012 - 2013 
  • Legal 500: Dispute Resolution: International Trade, 2013 - 2016
  • Global Investigations Review: Women in Investigations, 2015
  • Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers, 2016
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Creator and Co-Chair, Forum on International Corporate Compliance, Institute for International and Comparative Law, Center for American and International Law
  • Member, Executive Committee, Institute for International and Comparative Law, Center for American and International Law
  • Member, International Bar Association, Anti-Corruption Committee
  • Member, International Bar Association, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
  • Member, President’s Council of Cornell Women
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
Foreign Languages
  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1992
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University, Departmental Honors, 1989