Katherine Kirkpatrick

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Chicago, IL
Direct Dial: +1 312 764 6918

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Katherine Kirkpatrick is a partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations practice in the Chicago office of King & Spalding. She focuses primarily on white collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, corporate compliance, and regulatory matters. Katherine has counseled numerous clients on compliance tailored to a variety of industries, including financial services, housing, and transportation.  Katherine has represented corporations and individuals under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the National Futures Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Attorney General, the New York State Department of Financial Services, the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Federal Reserve Board, and others.

Katherine is a co-chair of King & Spalding's Financial Services Industry of Focus.  She is also a member of the FinTech and Cryptocurrency and Financial Services Regulatory working groups.  Katherine currently serves as a member of the Hiring Committee, and is the former Chair of the New York Office Associates Committee.  Katherine is also a member of the board of directors of the Notre Dame Law Association.

Katherine earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Southern California.  She received her law degree, cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, where she served as Student Bar Association President and Solicitations Editor of The Journal of Legislation.  While at Notre Dame, Katherine served as the student representative on the Law Dean Search Committee, and received the Judge Joseph E. Mahoney Award for leadership and the Captain William O. McLean Award for service.

Katherine was recently named by Global Investigations Review to its 2020 40 Under 40 List, which profiles leading young investigations specialists from around the world.


Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Asset Forfeiture/Restitutio
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Corporate Crime
  • Corporate Governance
  • Crisis Management
  • Cybercrime
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Financial Services
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Contracting, Bid Protests and the False Claims Act
  • Government Investigations
  • Insider Trading
  • Internal Investigations
  • Privacy, Data Security and Information Law
  • Qui Tam; Whistleblower Defense
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Trials
  • White Collar Crime