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As chair of the firm’s global Anti-Corruption Practice Group, Don Ridings leads a team of compliance and investigation lawyers based in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. Ridings is recognized as a leading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) practitioner by Chambers Global and Chambers USA, which observe that “h[e] brings a very business-oriented mindset” that enables him to deliver practical advice.

For almost two decades, Mr. Ridings has advised clients in nearly every major industry on a range of compliance issues arising under the FCPA and other anti-bribery regimes. He serves as outside anti-corruption counsel to several Fortune 500 companies, including two in the Fortune 10. Mr. Ridings advises clients on compliance risks in investment transactions, designs and helps implement compliance programs, and counsels clients on a broad range of anti-corruption and other compliance risks. For companies with established compliance programs, Mr. Ridings leads independent compliance program assessments that allow companies, their management and their boards to benchmark their compliance programs against peer companies and regulator expectations.

Anti-Corruption and Compliance

  • Led risk assessments and developed or enhanced global anti-corruption compliance programs for companies across a range of business sectors, including agriculture, automotive, consulting, consumer products, energy, financial services, food, health care, manufacturing, medical devices, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceuticals, private equity, technology, telecommunications and transportation.
  • Leading a two-year, 10-country anti-corruption risk assessment and compliance program assessment for a global consumer brand.
  • Serve as global compliance counsel to two of the world’s largest privately-held companies.
  • Led the Covington team that successfully obtained FCPA Opinion Procedure Release 10-02, which established DOJ good practices for mitigating compliance risks from donations that are coerced by foreign government officials.

Litigation and Arbitration

  • Represents a leading global pharmaceutical company in federal and state class actions and parallel government investigations arising from disputed sales and pricing practices.
  • Successful representation of Kyocera Corporation in ICC arbitration, securing an unusual summary adjudication award that was affirmed by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Pro Bono

  • First chaired successful arbitration against the federal government arising out of the Department of Agriculture’s discriminatory farm credit lending practices.
  • Lead counsel in a Constitutional challenge to the medical conditions at a private prison operated under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Previous Experience

  • Management and Communication Trainer, Tokyo, Japan (1994-1996)
  • Legislative Aide to a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC (1991-1994)
  • Chambers Global, FCPA (2015-2021) 
  • Chambers USA, FCPA (2012-2020)
  • Legal 500 US, International Trade (2016-2017)