Kathleen McGovern

Ernst & Young
Monitor/Receiver Initiative
Committee Member

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Kathleen is a principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s (EY) Forensic & Integrity Services practice. Kathleen is a former U.S. federal and state prosecutor with over 25 years of investigative, litigation and trial experience with expertise in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations; securities and financial fraud, including money laundering; and governmental program fraud, including healthcare and procurement fraud.

Before joining EY, Kathleen was the Senior Deputy Chief in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, Fraud Section. In that position, she supervised over 150 attorneys in investigating and prosecuting complex international and domestic white collar crime cases against entities and individuals across various industries, sectors and economies. Kathleen handled numerous multi-jurisdictional and cross-border investigations involving the use of data analytics to identify, investigate and prosecute sophisticated fraud schemes. She maintains high-level contacts at DOJ, including United States Attorneys Offices around the country, and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies throughout the world.

Kathleen also was DOJ’s representative to the U.S. delegation for the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Working Group on Bribery and Corruption, where she was responsible for representing the United States’ views in enforcing the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention. She was responsible for hiring DOJ’s first Compliance Counsel, and was involved in the development and implementation of DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program (now called the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy). Prior to DOJ, Kathleen was a state prosecutor in New York for eleven years, holding various senior-level positions.

Over the course of her career, Kathleen has received numerous awards and recognitions, including DOJ’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance, the Assistant Attorney General’s (AAG) Award for Distinguished Service, the AAG’s Award for the Safeguarding and Maintenance of Confidence in the American Marketplace, and the St. John’s University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Kathleen is an Adjunct Professor and member of the LL.M. faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches a course entitled White Collar Crime to candidates seeking a LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation. She serves also as an instructor for the SEC where the same course is offered simultaneously to SEC employees in all its regional offices around the country.

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Corporate Crime
  • Corporate Governance
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Internal Investigations
  • White Collar Crime