V. Kathleen Dougherty Partner

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Katie is partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation group. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Katie spent more than a decade at the U.S. Department of Justice, including nine years as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. There, she focused on investigating and prosecuting white-collar crimes, including healthcare and securities fraud, federal tax violations, and various forms of fraud against government programs.

At McGuireWoods, Katie represents corporate and individual clients in sensitive criminal and regulatory investigations. She helps companies and executives conduct sensitive internal investigations on matters ranging from global compliance to allegations of employee wrongdoing. Her diligence brings credibility to her clients’ dealings with government investigators and prosecutors. Outside of the investigative context, Katie collaborates with clients seeking to build efficient, effective, and sustainable corporate compliance programs. She has played a key role in the evaluation, design, and implementation of ethics and compliance programs at global enterprises, as well as small companies. Katie has also advised companies on compliance with deferred prosecution agreements and other settlements.

During her service as an AUSA, Katie led multiple trial teams and briefed and argued appeals before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. After completion of her clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Katie was selected to join the Attorney General’s Honors Program and began her career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where she teaches a course on federal sentencing law.


  • Counsel to The Boeing Company in investigation related to the 737 MAX, resulting in a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice.
  • Represented pharmacy chain in investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and parallel state agency.
  • Represented healthcare professional in healthcare fraud and prescribing investigation conducted by the Department of Justice.
  • Represented top executive of tactical defense equipment company in investigation conducted by the Department of Justice.
  • Counsel to employees of an international financial institution in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section.
  • Counseled Fortune 100 company in multi-year evaluation of corporate compliance program by the Department of Justice.
  • Led internal investigation into allegations of potential supplier kickbacks at Fortune 500 defense contractor.
  • Counseled multiple individuals in development of mitigation strategy for federal sentencing hearings.