Shawn M. Wright: Lawyer with Blank Rome LLP

Shawn M. Wright

Partner; White Collar Defense and Investigations Vice Practice Group Leader
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • White Collar Defense & Investigations
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Anti-Money Laundering & Economic Sanctions
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Antitrust Counseling & Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Asia Practice
  • International Trade
University Howard University, B.A., cum laude, 1992
Law SchoolSanta Clara University School of Law, J.D., 1995
Admitted1995, Maryland; 1998, District of Columbia; U.S. District Court - District of Columbia; U.S. District Court - Maryland; United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

American Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Maryland Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Bar Association
Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

BornJackson, Mississippi, January 13, 1968


Shawn Wright concentrates her practice in the area of white collar criminal litigation, with a specific focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and international anti-corruption laws. She represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of internal investigations, audits and risk assessments, parallel proceedings, complex civil litigation, and before enforcement agencies and bodies such as the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other authorities.

Ms. Wright's practice includes internal compliance program development for the FCPA including establishing workplace compliance policies and procedures, due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, third-party relationships and other transactions. She conducts internal investigations and provides counsel on violations of the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) and the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Additionally, she has substantial experience in defending high-profile clients against criminal and civil charges in federal and state courts throughout the country involving alleged violations of fraud, securities, healthcare, public corruption, and other criminal statutes. She also provides general litigation and corporate governance advices for several 501(c)(3) organizations and minority- and women-owned companies.

Community Service & Affiliations

Ms. Wright serves as Chair for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. She maintains active membership in the various bar associations, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Society of International Affairs, and Women in International Trade. In 2012, Ms. Wright became a member of the newly-established Maryland Empowerment Council, a group of Maryland-based professionals that help cultivate and promote minority businesses. She also became a board member of the Institutional Board of Directors at Bowie Health Center.


Are You Ready for the 2014 10-K/Proxy Season?[Event]
Marvin Comisky Conference Center, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
January 16, 2014
Yelena M. Barychev, Francis E. Dehel, Melissa Palat Murawsky, Michael E. Plunkett, Brad L. Shiffman and Shawn M. Wright

7th Annual Emerging Issues for In-House Counsel[Event]
Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY
November 4th and November 11th, 2011
Susan L. Bickley, Mark Blondman, Sheila E. Branyan, Edward N. Cahn, Cheryl S. Chang, William R. Cruse, et al.

The Enforcement of the FCPA in the Medical Device Industry[Event]
The Association of Women in International Trade and Blank Rome LLP, a WIIT Corporate Member
Blank Rome LLP, Washington, DC, Watergate
July 1, 2008
Shawn M. Wright

Second Annual Summer Associates' Diversity Event[Event]
July 1, 2008
Shawn M. Wright

Using Computer Forensics to Maximize Results & Minimize E-Discovery Costs[Event]
2nd E-Discovery: Real World Solutions & Practical Strategies in a Changing Environment
New York City
September 18, 2006
Shawn M. Wright


Brazil's New Anti-Bribery Act Goes into Effect in January 2014-Is Your Company Ready?[Alert]
For the Defense
December 2013 (No. 5)
Shawn M. Wright and Kierstan L. Carlson

For the Defense[Alert]
For the Defense
Fall 2012
Ariel S. Glasner, Jeanne M. Grasso, Mark S. Greenfield, Nicholas C. Harbist, Joseph G. Poluka, Henry F. Schuelke III, et al.

Further Expansion Of Iran Sanctions-Increased Risk To U.S. Parent Companies With Foreign Subsidiaries[Alert]
International Trade
October 2012 (No. 2)
Shawn M. Wright

DOJ Casts Considerable Confusion Over Key Aspects of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Even As it Prepares to Publish Official FCPA Guidance[Alert]
For The Defense
September 2012 (No. 3)
Shawn M. Wright, Henry F. Schuelke III and Ariel S. Glasner

New U.S. Sanctions Against Iran-Increasing Focus On Financial Institutions[Alert]
International Trade
August 2012 (No. 1)
Shawn M. Wright

OFAC Warns Against Using IRISL Vessels[Alert]
July 24, 2012
Shawn M. Wright, R. Anthony Salgado and Larry Hampel

For the Defense[Alert]
For the Defense
Spring 2012
Joseph G. Poluka, Shawn M. Wright, James R. Billings-Kang, Nicholas C. Harbist, Henry F. Schuelke III, William B. Shields, et al.

Globalism and Its Attendant Consequences on FCPA Enforcement[Article]
The National Law Journal
April 9, 2012
Shawn M. Wright and James R. Billings-Kang

Corporate Hospitality Packages for the London 2012 Olympics and Infringement of the UK Bribery Act - Much Ado About Nothing?[Alert]
White Collar Defense and Investigations
December 2011 (No. 5)
Shawn M. Wright

Possible Amendments to the FCPA Considered During Recent House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing[Alert]
White Collar Defense and Investigations
June 2011 (No. 3)
Shawn M. Wright

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Foreign Official Defense Challenges Denied By California Federal Judges[Alert]
White Collar Defense and Investigations
June 2011 (No. 2)
Shawn M. Wright

International Litigation & ADR Update[Alert]
International Litigation & ADR Update
March 2011 (No. 1)
W. Cameron Beard, Jeremy A. Rist and Shawn M. Wright

Bribery Act Reflects UK's No-Tolerance Policy for Corruption[Alert]
For The Defense
June 2010 (No. 3)
Shawn M. Wright


4 Ways For Retailers to Avoid FCPA Entanglements[Media Coverage]
June 13, 2014
Shawn M. Wright


Shawn Wright Recognized byWho's Who in Black Washington, DC[Honor]
September 7, 2010
Shawn M. Wright

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters; Representation of public companies in conducting FCPA risk assessments and FCPA due diligence on M&A and joint venture transactions. Conducted internal investigations for Fortune 100 company into allegations involving trade sanctions violations. FCPA due diligence review for foreign companies with agents and subsidiaries in multiple countries. Representation of a Fortune 100 company in an internal investigation of one of their foreign subsidiaries involving allegations of FCPA violations. Representation of CFO in an ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice and Securities Exchange Commission regarding allegations of FCPA and trade sanctions violations. Conducted multiple internal investigations for multinational companies involving allegations of FCPA, procurement fraud, and Anti-Kickback issues. Representation of healthcare organizations in Department of Justice investigations involving anti-kickback and off-label issues. Representation of 501 (c)(6) and 501 (c)(3) organizations on a variety of matters, including third party due diligence, corporate governance, compliance and review of financial internal controls.

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Court Decisions in the U.S. and China Bolster Law Enforcement’s Ability to Prosecute Global Corporate Corruption
Rither Alabre,Mayling C. Blanco,Carlos F. Ortiz,Shawn M. Wright, October 28, 2014
Call to Action: Given the aggressive anti-corruption investigations in the U.S. and abroad, companies are well advised to adequately develop and implement a robust compliance program, including substantial internal controls, and conduct a thorough risk analysis as they begin or continue operating...

SEC FCPA Settlement Sends Wake-Up Call to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
Mayling C. Blanco,Ariel S. Glasner,Carlos F. Ortiz,Shawn M. Wright, August 21, 2014
On July 28, 2014, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (“Smith & Wesson”), the firearms manufacturer based in Springfield, Massachusetts, agreed to resolve charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...
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Shawn M. Wright

600 New Hampshire Avenue N.W.
WashingtonDC 20037


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