Meredith Monroe advises corporate clients, leading financial institutions, and individuals to navigate a wide range of criminal and civil litigation matters, with a particular focus on government cross-border investigations and complex securities regulatory issues.

Ms. Monroe regularly handles sensitive and high-profile matters on behalf of US and international clients, drawing on her significant experience in relation to investigating potential violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and US securities laws and regulations. She brings particular experience advising clients on internal and government-facing investigations involving multiple regulators and jurisdictions. More broadly, she advises on alleged financial crimes, criminal and civil fraud, and deceptive business practices, regularly working with a full spectrum of government agencies and regulatory regimes, including:

  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • EPA (state and federal)
  • Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA)
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Department of Labor (DOL)

Ms. Monroe adeptly diffuses intense situations, adapts to fast-moving investigations, and can provide clients with insightful and effective guidance based on significant on-the-ground experience in countries across Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Ms. Monroe also regularly helps clients to create, review, and enhance their internal compliance programs, including drafting policies and procedures, conducting risk assessments across jurisdictions, and advising companies with respect to innovative compliance monitoring and analytics.

Complementing her investigation and litigation work, Ms. Monroe also regularly advises clients in connection with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including pre- and post-acquisition due diligence and counseling.

Ms. Monroe is a member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association and maintains an active pro bono practice, handling prisoner rights litigation, immigration appeals, landlord tenant litigation, community outreach and police reform, as well as educational reform. She is also a member of the firm’s Women Enriching Business committee.

Ms. Monroe's representative matters include advising:

  • A large retail company in response to two civil investigative demands, and the company’s response to a grand jury subpoena
  • An American multi-national conglomerate in connection with multiple pending federal securities fraud suits and SEC investigations
  • Multinational corporations in the development, implementation, and assessment of internal policies and procedures for complying with the FCPA, trade sanctions regulations, antitrust laws, and similar foreign statutes
  • Individuals involved in criminal or regulatory investigations globally
  • Global corporations in internal investigations across multiple jurisdictions regarding cross-border business activities involving potential violations of the FCPA and trade sanctions regulations
  • A major manufacturer in an internal investigation by the DOJ regarding potential civil and criminal violations of the Clean Water Act
  • A global corporation in a variety of investigations involving compliance with environmental regulations and potential whistleblower claims
  • A global truck manufacturer in proceedings brought by the SEC and related civil lawsuits concerning various complex accounting and disclosure matters

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois

Education

  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 2010
  • BA, Wellesley College, 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English