Jill M. Williamson
Areas of Focus:Compliance, Corporate Governance, Emerging Companies, International Trade, International Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Non-Profit Organizations, Startups & Startup Financing, Cannabis Law, Latin America and the Caribbean
Ms. Williamson joins Rimon Law from Liquidity Services, Inc. where she was Chief Compliance Officer.
At Liquidity Services, she designed and led the global compliance program for a publicly-traded company with offices in 15 countries and operations in over 100. She was responsible for the overall management and oversight of global compliance programs, responding to government inquiries, training and communications, managing the compliance and ethics hotline, leading internal investigations, compliance budget, and board reporting.
Prior to Liquidity Services, Ms. Williamson worked as a Deputy Chief Compliance Officer at CIGNA Corporation. She was the subject-matter expert in anti-corruption, sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance. She also directed and conducted investigations of allegations of significant legal or policy violations.
Ms. Williamson also has significant experience representing sovereigns before US Federal Courts and international tribunals covering such foreign sovereign immunity, Alien Tort Claims Act and humanitarian law. Specific representations included advising a United Arab Emirates corporation on resolution options for disputes with the Yemeni Government over oil and gas investments in Yemen, representing the Government of Ethiopia in arbitration of an international border dispute, and arbitration of mass claims between sovereigns arising out of the border war with Eritrea before ad hoc tribunals.
PRIOR LEGAL POSITIONS
Prior to going in house, Ms. Williamson worked for several law firms in D.C. including Patton Boggs, LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs) and Alston & Bird, LLP. Her practice centered on white collar defense, government investigations and regulatory and compliance counseling, with specific focus on cross border transactions and enterprises. She conducted investigations of potential violations of ITAR, EAR and OFAC regulations on behalf of domestic and foreign clients in the defense and high-tech industries; advised clients on strategies to deal with European data privacy laws when undertaking investigations or complying with subpoenas from U.S. enforcement authorities; prepared voluntary disclosures and other submission on behalf of clients to BIS, DDTC and OFAC and advised foreign clients on the application of U.S. law such as FCPA, OFAC, EAR and ITAR to their operations.
Representative cases include:
- Representing Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company in a joint DOJ-SEC investigation relating to sales made under the Oil for Food program, including potential OFAC and FCPA violations.
- Representing an individual employee of a Fortune 500 company in globe-spanning DOJ investigation of anti-trust, FCPA, tax fraud and visa fraud violations.
PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
- Pennsylvania Bar Institute, CLE program: Helping Global Companies Avoid Money Laundering, 2014
- Global Outsourcing Association of Lawyers, Global Compliance and Risk Management Conference, Panel Discussion: Risk Management that Enables Long Term Competitive Advantage, 2014
- American Conference Institute, 3d Annual AML and OFAC Compliance for the Insurance Industry, Deploying Automated Monitoring Systems and Other Technological Applications to Enhance your AML and OFAC Compliance Programs, 2013
- Co-Author: “SEC Whistleblower Alert", it’s time to reconsider the risks of including overbroad confidentiality clauses in employment agreements and other company documents. November 11, 2016
- Co-Author: “A Practical Guide to Third Party Risk”, Ethisphere Magazine -- Sec. Legally Speaking, September 2016
- Energy Manger Today, “Eliminate Compliance Concerns to Maximize Surplus Asset Recovery,” June 2015
- CIO Review, “Connecting the Dots between Compliance and Data,” October 2014
- CIO Review, “Empowering Employees with Code of Conduct in Compliance,” December 2013
- Journal of Research Administration, “Law Review: Recent Developments in Research Law,” Vol. 38, Issue 2, October 1, 2007
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
- Recipient of the 2007 Phillip A. Alston, Jr. Award for pro bono excellence
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- Washington Women’s Rugby Football Club, Executive Board Member, 2014-2016
- National Veterans Legal Consortium, volunteer attorney, 2008-present
- USA Rugby, Certified Referee
- Washington Youth Rugby, volunteer coach
News, Events, & Insights
Rimon Wins Six ACQ5 Global Awards, 2017
News August 11, 2017
Non-U.S. Companies Fined for OFAC Violations
Insights August 03, 2017
U.S. Sanctions Developments: New Opportunities and Risks in Cuba, Iran and Sudan
Insights July 21, 2017
Developments in U.S. Sanctions: Opportunities and Risks Webinar
Events Jun 28, 2017
CLE Webinar: How to build an effective company code of conduct
Events May 31, 2017
US-EU data transfers: The fragile framework of the privacy shield?
Insights April 18, 2017