Elissa focuses her practice on white collar and antitrust criminal defense matters, including internal investigations, litigation, and regulatory enforcement actions. She has defended clients in numerous government investigations before the Department of Justice, United States Office of Special Counsel, Securities & Exchange Commission, Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), Office of the Comptroller of Currency, and Federal Reserve Board, among others.
Elissa is a member of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department, which was recognized by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year. She has particular experience conducting internal investigations and advising clients on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and other anti-corruption laws. Her practice also includes representing companies and financial institutions in connection with regulatory, civil, and criminal enforcement actions arising from U.S. anti-money laundering (“AML”) laws and regulations. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and uses her language skills regularly in her practice.
In law school, Elissa served as president of the Stanford National Security and the Law Society, and as a student attorney in Stanford’s Three Strikes Project, where she successfully represented two individuals convicted under California’s Three Strikes Law in petitions for recall of sentence.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Elissa spent three years working on national security, intelligence, and foreign policy matters for the United States federal government.
Conducted an extensive anti-corruption internal investigation for a major international oil company in connection with FCPA investigations by the SEC and DOJ.
Represented a major financial institution in an anti-corruption, AML, and securities investigation before the SEC, DOJ, and banking regulators.
Represented a U.S. financial institution in connection with a BSA investigation and settlement negotiations with FinCEN.
Represented a major financial institution in connection with an inquiry from the Office of Special Counsel.
Advised a cryptocurrency company regarding compliance with U.S. AML and sanctions laws.
Conducted pre-acquisition AML, anti-corruption, and sanctions due diligence and post-acquisition compliance integration in connection with corporate transactions on behalf of large financial institutions and other multinational corporations.
Updated AML/BSA policies and procedures for financial institution clients.
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2022
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