Kristin Graham Koehler

Sidley Austin LLP
Global Secretary
Chapter Leader
Monitor/Receiver Initiative
Committee Chair

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Sidley Austin LLP
Washington, DC
Phone 1: (202) 736-8359

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KRISTIN KOEHLER, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, has handled numerous United States Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal investigations involving public corruption, procurement fraud, healthcare fraud, antitrust, securities fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). She also has significant experience representing clients in DOJ civil qui tam investigations, State AG investigations and congressional investigations. Kristin routinely conducts sensitive internal investigations on behalf of corporations and individuals. She also regularly counsels clients on the creation, enhancement and implementation of compliance programs.

Kristin has been recognized for several years in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations Litigation.  She also is recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as a leading litigator in white-collar criminal defense, and has been recognized every year since 2013. She has also been named one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (2017–2019) and a “Local Litigation Star” in Washington, D.C. (2015–2017) by Benchmark Litigation. Washingtonian magazine has included Kristin in its current roster of 2019 “Washington, D.C.’s Best Lawyers” for Criminal Defense — White Collar. Kristin also has been acknowledged by The Legal 500 (2013) for her white collar criminal defense work and was named by Washington DC Super Lawyers as one of the capital region’s “Top 50 Women” lawyers (2014 & 2015) and a top lawyer in 2017. The Corporate Crime Reporter also recognized Kristin as one of the top 150 Women in White Collar (2016).

Prior to joining Sidley, Kristin served as a law clerk to the Honorable David G. Larimer, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. She graduated with honors from the State University of New York, where she was the assistant executive editor of the Law Review and a member of the National Trial Advocacy Team. While at the State University, Kristin was the recipient of the Justice Phillip Halpern Award for Excellence in Writing on the Law Review and the Law Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Law School.

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Congressional Investigations
  • Corporate Crime
  • Crisis Management
  • FDA Enforcement
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Internal Investigations
  • Qui Tam; Whistleblower Defense
  • State Attorney Generals
  • White Collar Crime