Jay Holtmeier

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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Greenwich Street 250
New York 10006 NY US

Jay Holtmeier is a partner in the firm’s Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. He co-leads the firm’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption Group and is a member of the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Working Group. He joined the firm in 2004.

Mr. Holtmeier’s breadth of experience as a litigator includes service as a federal prosecutor, a senior in-house attorney and a lawyer in private practice. Mr. Holtmeier represents institutions and individuals in complex government and internal investigations and matters of corporate governance and compliance. He has particular expertise in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

In FCPA matters, Mr. Holtmeier has represented clients in government and internal investigations involving conduct in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Australia.

He regularly counsels clients facing difficult FCPA issues in a variety of business contexts, and he has assisted clients in numerous industries in developing and implementing FCPA compliance programs.

He devotes substantial attention to advising clients on FCPA problems that arise in the context of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions.

He writes and speaks extensively on the subject and is a co-author, with partners Roger Witten and Kimberly Parker, of the leading treatise in the field, Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (8th ed. 2013).

In 2017, Mr. Holtmeier was elected to the Board of Directors of The City Bar Fund of the New York City Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Holtmeier is a member of the Board of Directors, and formerly the Chairman of the Board, of the New York City Bar Justice Center, the nonprofit legal services affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.

Experience :

  • Representation of a major financial institution in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s first enforcement action involving the hiring of relatives of foreign officials.
  • Representation of the chief executive officer of a public company in a non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ and a civil settlement with the SEC for alleged violations of the FCPA and US sanctions laws.
  • Representation of the audit committee of a global networking and communications company in a DOJ and SEC investigation of FCPA issues in Russia, Thailand and numerous other countries.
  • Representation of a major accounting firm in SEC and FDIC investigations relating to alleged financial reporting fraud at two financial institution clients.
  • Representation of the audit committee of a national food distributor in an investigation by the SEC into allegations of improper accounting.
  • Representation of an accounting firm in investigations by the DOJ, the SEC, the PCAOB and the New York Attorney General into alleged financial reporting fraud at a major financial institution.
  • Representation of numerous companies and individuals in the pharmaceutical, financial services, media, manufacturing and other industries in numerous government and corporate internal investigations.


  • JD, Cornell Law School, 1990
  • BA, University of Minnesota, 1986


CLERKSHIPS : The Hon. Phyllis A. Kravitch, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1990 – 1991

GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE : Department of Justice


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