Raija Churchill’s practice focuses on harmonizing business needs with legal savvy, so that corporations can concentrate on creating marketplace value. Before joining Baker McKenzie, Raija advised federal, state, and local agencies on legal compliance and policymaking.
She has an insider’s perspective on judicial decision making, after spending well over 1,000 hours in confidential discussions with judges at almost every level of the state and federal courts.
Raija clerked in the Seventh Circuit and District of Nevada, and externed in Los Angeles Superior Court. She served as Editor in Chief of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal and Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.
Through Raija’s work in legal, corporate, start-up, non-profit, and government spaces, she is adept at seeing and translating between different stakeholders’ goals. She therefore solves challenges by integrating law, policy, and business resources.
Raija focuses on compliance and litigation. She works on matters arising from the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act, and related laws in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and elsewhere. In working with corporations to protect business integrity, Raija assists them with retroactively focused anti-corruption investigations, while equipping them to move forward in compliance with the law.
She further represents multinational corporations before the US Department of Justice and US Securities and Exchange Commission. Raija also manages international commercial litigation, handles domestic corporate matters, advises on litigation strategy, and represents victims of the Madoff Ponzi scheme in litigation and mediation proceedings.
- Pepperdine University School of Public Policy (MPP) (2013)
- Pepperdine University School of Law (JD) (2013)
- Patrick Henry College (BA) (2008)
- California~United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit~United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit~United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit~United States
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