Washington, DC, USA, 13 May 2014 – Howard Weissman has joined Baker & McKenzie’s compliance practice as Counsel, adding decades of experience in designing and strengthening anti-corruption compliance programs in the defense industry. Mr. Weissman most recently was Vice President & Associate General Counsel-International at Lockheed Martin, where he worked for more than 25 years.
“Howard is highly regarded for his knowledge and experience handling FCPA matters,” said Paul McNulty, Chair of the Firm’s Compliance & Investigations Practice. “Multinationals continue to focus on enhancing their worldwide anti-corruption efforts, and Howard’s insight on compliance issues and in-house perspective will be invaluable as we collaborate with clients to bolster their global compliance programs.”
While at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Weissman provided anti-corruption compliance advice to all of Lockheed Martin’s business areas, as well as its international field offices, foreign subsidiaries, and international joint venture companies. He managed the company’s compliance with the FCPA and foreign anti-corruption laws and the US anti-boycott laws. He also managed the company’s legal oversight of international consultant-related matters and compliance with foreign agency laws.
“I’ve always admired Baker & McKenzie’s holistic approach to compliance matters. Because of its significant experience in handling US and foreign anti-corruption matters and its market-leading global reach, I have long believed that Baker & McKenzie has unique capability to help companies comply with the requirements of US and foreign law,” said Mr. Weissman. “I’m excited to work with the practice and help companies proactively manage their global anti-corruption programs.”
Mr. Weissman designed and implemented the anti-corruption law compliance program at Lockheed Martin, including an enhanced policy in light of UK Bribery Act enactment, and conducted training and provided advice on the new policy throughout the corporation. In addition, Mr. Weissman regularly conducted FCPA due diligence for proposed acquisitions as well as for international joint venture partners, teammates, consultants and other third parties. He also frequently has presented at conferences, seminars, briefings, and training sessions on FCPA compliance.
“Washington, DC continues to be an important nexus for regulatory enforcement trends and global compliance developments, and we’re pleased Howard is joining our team,” said Richard Dean, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Washington, DC office. “His vast experience in the defense industry and with FCPA matters will be especially valuable to our clients.”
Mr. Weissman received his Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, in 1972. In 1975, Howard received his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he was a member of the Boston University Law Review. In addition, Mr. Weissman received an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University in 1983.