Iris Bennett

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
Tysons Corner, VA
(202) 320-6629: (703) 839-8120

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Iris is a 20-year practitioner with deep experience counseling and representing corporate clients in connection with the investigation, defense, and resolution of white collar matters as well as the design and implementation of corporate compliance programs to avoid such liabilities. She has represented numerous corporate and individual clients in internal investigations and federal government investigations and enforcement actions relating to potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Act, other criminal and civil fraud statutes, including in matters implicating federal mandatory and voluntary disclosure rules. Iris has conducted internal investigations in cases across the globe. Her compliance experience includes serving as Independent Compliance Monitor for SNC-Lavalin Group, Inc. on behalf of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Development Association (World Bank) with a mandate to review and evaluate the company's global anti-corruption compliance program. She also served as Counsel to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), a Committee formed to provide independent oversight of the Company’s internal investigation and remediation in connection with the “Lava Jato” matter. Iris also recently served as North American counsel to an Independent Committee appointed by the Board of Directors of Vale, S.A., to investigate the causes and responsibilities for the 2019 Brumadinho tailings dam disaster in Brazil.  Iris entered private practice after serving as a trial attorney in the office of the District of Columbia Federal Public Defender.
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese.

Practice Areas

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