Vera H. Powell is an associate in the Special Matters and Government Investigations group in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance reviews, and compliance counseling.
Ms. Powell frequently represents large corporations in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state attorneys general into potential violations of the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and other anti-corruption laws.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Powell served as a Compliance Officer at a Fortune 100 company, where she played a key role in the design and implementation of a best-in-class compliance program to prevent, detect, and respond to violations of anti-corruption and anti-trust laws. At the conclusion of the company’s initial compliance remediation and implementation efforts, she received the 2009 “Employee of the Year” award for her work in the implementation of an expansive anti-corruption toolkit at several corporate entities.
As the Compliance Officer responsible for several U.S.-based divisions operating internationally, Ms. Powell worked closely with executive management and all relevant functions to foster a values-based compliance culture by continuously enhancing, monitoring, and enforcing the compliance program components. She conducted regular anti-corruption risk assessments, drafted and implemented compliance policies covering a broad array of anti-corruption topics, conducted ongoing training on those policies for all relevant staff, provided day-to-day advice to management and employees, and monitored the effectiveness of the compliance program by performing compliance reviews.
In addition to her compliance expertise, Ms. Powell brings to the firm extensive business experience gained from managing OEM Relationship Management (“ORM”) projects for one of the world’s ten largest automotive suppliers and analyzing order-to-cash processes for the sixth largest U.S. poultry producer.
Ms. Powell joined King & Spalding after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Orinda D. Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She also completed an internship for the Honorable Frank M. Hull of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Ms. Powell earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law, where she graduated first in her class. While in law school, she was associate articles editor of the Georgia State Law Review, a member of the Georgia State Moot Court, and a finalist of the Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition. Ms. Powell was honored with numerous awards for her outstanding academic accomplishments, including excellence awards for Research, Writing and Advocacy and Torts, and was the recipient of the 2012 American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence.
Ms. Powell has lived and worked in five countries. She possesses substantial intercultural skills and experience, and is fluent in several languages.
- J.D., Georgia State University College of Law
- B.A., Aalen University of Applied Sciences
- ABA, SCCE
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