Paula Anderson

Paula Anderson


Paula is US Co-Head of Commercial Litigation.

Her experience is broad, with an international focus, and encompasses a wide range of areas, including internal and government investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) risk assessments and compliance reviews, cross-border litigation, corporate governance, bankruptcy litigation, antitrust, M&A-related litigation, and international arbitration. Her clients have included global leaders in the finance, insurance, automotive, telecommunications, oil and gas, engineering, media and entertainment, consumer goods, healthcare and manufacturing industries.

Paula has taught Advanced Trial Advocacy Training programs for prosecutors at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and at the International Criminal Court.

Prior to joining the firm, Paula served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Diane Lebedeff, New York Supreme Court in 1999, and the Honorable Donna Mills, Civil Court of Manhattan, New York in 1998.


Representative matters

An independent monitor in the FCPA compliance monitorship of York International.

An independent monitor in the FCPA compliance monitorship of Baker Hughes, Inc.

An international engineering and construction company in a criminal investigation by the United States Department of Justice for possible violation of United States export control laws.

A U.S.-based global manufacturing company in a corruption investigation of its Asian subsidiary.

Published Work

  • Author, (2019), A Wealth of Challenges: Anti-Corruption Compliance Risks Posed by Sovereign Wealth Funds, Risk & Compliance
  • Author, (2018), The Changing Tide of Delaware Deal Litigation, The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation
  • Author, (2014), Avoiding Successor Liability in M&A Transactions: How to Conduct Anticorruption Due Diligence on Target Companies and Joint Venture Partners, Financier Worldwide Magazine
  • Author, (2013), “Win-Win” Scenarios for Shareholders in M&A Transactions, The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions, Practising Law Institute (New York/Chicago, 2014, 2015 and 2017)
  • Panelist, Board Responsibilities in Managing Investigations and Crises, Directors and Boards Magazine (New York, 2014)
  • Panelist, Delaware Law Developments 2014, Practising Law Institute (New York, 2014)
  • Panelist, In Pursuit of a Level Playing Field: FCPA and the Global Anti-Corruption Movement, Regulatory Compliance Association (New York, 2014)

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Board Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Board of Trustees, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Audit Committee, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • New York City Bar Association, African Affairs Committee



New York, 2002


United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2022

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2022

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2012


Bachelor of Arts, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 1998
– Class Valedictorian 
– Alex Smith Award for Excellence in the Criminology Major
– Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Award

J.D., Harvard University, 2001
– Editor, Harvard Black Letter Law Journal