Amy Conway-Hatcher is a Partner at Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears in Washington, DC. Amy’s practice focuses on corporate internal investigations, corporate compliance and defending corporate and individual clients in criminal and civil enforcement matters. She has appeared before the Department of Justice, US Attorneys’ Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Commerce Department, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the New York Attorney General’s Office, as well as other federal and state regulators.
Amy’s representations cross numerous industries, including life sciences, financial services, private equity, aerospace, infrastructure, construction, energy and technology, and range from addressing discrete compliance problems to organizational compliance failures that require specialized crisis management experience. She regularly works with management and other advisers to assess the impact of investigative findings or compliance matters on financial reporting in the US and abroad, and to develop strategies to minimize the legal and business impact of possible transgressions — both direct and collateral — including government and shareholder disclosures, as well as relations with employees, customers, affiliates, investors, insurers, the media, the public and Congress. She has a proven track record of helping companies to navigate sensitive matters to reduce the impact of compliance problems on their businesses. Although a significant focus of her practice is related to international regulatory and cross border matters, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), antitrust (international cartel, bid rigging issues) and export/trade compliance related investigations, she handles a broad range of matters involving securities and securities disclosures, banking, health care, tax, environmental, workplace health and safety laws, as well as sensitive employment matters that potentially implicate management.
Amy also counsels clients, including boards of directors, audit committees and management, on matters related to global compliance, FCPA, export and other international regulatory issues, corporate governance and the development, implementation, evaluation and auditing of effective internal compliance and ethics programs. She advises companies on compliance issues and third-party due diligence in connection with acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, co-investments and IPOs involving cross border issues around the globe, in addition to addressing traditional compliance issues, audits and whistleblower complaints.
Amy’s previous experience includes serving as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of Columbia for more than six years. As a federal prosecutor, she served in an elite trial unit that focused on investigating and prosecuting some of the city's most difficult and high-profile crimes. She conducted many grand jury investigations, served as lead trial counsel in dozens of complex criminal trials and received numerous DOJ Special Achievement awards. Amy earned her JD from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She earned her BA, with honors, from the University of Vermont. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who currently sits on the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Amy is ranked in Chambers USA 2014 for Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations in Washington, DC and is “commended by clients and peers alike as a ‘diligent, energetic and persuasive advocate.’” She is also recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 for her experience in White Collar matters and was included in the 2012 Irish Legal 100 by the Irish Voice Newspaper, a listing of the leading figures in law across the USA.
Amy has appeared as a legal commentator for MSNBC and Fox News.