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Miller & Chevalier Elects Maria Lapetina and Ian Herbert as Members

Washington, DC, January 2, 2024 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered today announced the elections of Maria Lapetina and Ian Herbert as Members of the firm, effective January 1, 2024.

"We are thrilled to welcome Maria and Ian into the firm's Membership. This move reflects their dedication to their respective practices and the trust and respect they have earned from clients along the way," said Kathryn Cameron Atkinson, Chair of Miller & Chevalier. "Maria and Ian's achievements have not only enhanced the firm's global reputation but have been instrumental in shaping the future of Miller & Chevalier. In their new roles, I look forward to witnessing how they continue to build on these successes and reinforce the excellence our clients have come to expect." 
Maria Lapetina focuses her practice on internal and government investigations, cross-border litigation and arbitration, and the design and implementation of risk-based internal compliance programs. She regularly conducts investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, instances of insider trading, and allegations of potential accounting and disclosure irregularities. She is recognized for her extensive experience representing multinational companies, financial institutions, international development banks, and technology companies and their officers and directors in investigations before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and various other domestic and foreign regulatory agencies. Maria is fluent in Spanish and routinely handles legal matters in English and Spanish, adding a valuable dimension to her practice and to her clients.
Maria has been named a Latinvex Latin America Top 100 Female Lawyers for FCPA & Fraud for three years (2021-2023) and for Arbitration & Litigation for four years (2020-2023). 

"Maria embodies legal excellence and unwavering client services with her meticulous approach to investigations and ability to skillfully guide clients through complex enforcement and compliance issues," said Alejandra Montenegro Almonte, Chair of Miller & Chevalier's International Department. "Since joining the firm, Maria has proven herself to be an indispensable asset to Miller & Chevalier, and we take great pride in welcoming her as a Member."

Ian Herbert's practice focuses on representing global companies, executives, and trustees in government investigations and associated litigation. He specializes in multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary matters and excels in matters requiring complex legal analysis and factual development, global litigation strategy, and coordinated interaction with multiple regulators. As a key member of the firm's Trust and Family Office and Anti-Money Laundering practice groups, Ian provides counsel to individuals and entities, including multinational corporations, offshore trustees, and financial services companies, addressing a broad spectrum of issues such as foreign bribery, tax fraud, and other financial crimes. His extensive experience includes active engagement with the DOJ, SEC, and various federal and state regulatory agencies, coupled with a deep understanding of relevant international enforcement agencies. Ian is committed to his robust pro bono practice, advocating for individuals in criminal prosecutions and post-conviction hearings. 

"Throughout his tenure at the firm, Ian has been entrusted with complex, multinational litigation and investigations, affirming his track record for deftly navigating the intricacies of white collar defense and multi-jurisdiction litigation," said William Barry, Chair of Miller & Chevalier's Litigation department. "His election to Member reflects his substantial contributions to Miller & Chevalier and his dedication to his clients' interests."  

About Miller & Chevalier 

Founded in 1920, Miller & Chevalier is a Washington, DC law firm with a global perspective and leading practices in Tax, International Law, Litigation, ERISA, White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations, Government Contracts, and Government Affairs. Miller & Chevalier is a top-ranked firm sharply focused on targeted areas that interact with the federal government. A significant number of firm lawyers have held senior positions in the U.S. government and have written many of the regulations they currently help clients navigate. For more information on the firm, visit



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