DeWitt is a partner in the regulatory group at Troutman Sanders LLP whose practice focuses on the design and administration of corporate ethics and legal compliance programs, lobbying law, political campaign finance law, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), corporate public relations and crisis management, and public utilities.
DeWitt has worked with numerous corporate clients to help assure their U.S. and foreign ethics and legal compliance programs meet the expectations published in the United States since the early 1990s by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, federal and state courts, the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal agencies; by the U.K. Ministry of Justice pursuant to the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010; and by international organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED). He has helped companies develop and enhance their compliance activities, draft policies and procedures, and train employees. He has conducted, and advised clients on conducting, internal investigations involving compliance issues.
DeWitt also advises companies on their compliance with the often complex federal, state and foreign laws and regulations which govern governmental relations activities in the areas of lobbyist registration and reporting, gifts for public officials, and political contributions. He has had extensive experience assisting clients in the formation and administration of corporate-sponsored and independent political action committees (PACs) on the federal, state and local level in the United States.
DeWitt worked as a journalist prior to attending law school. After receiving a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, he joined The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution as a staff writer. He later served as business editor, city editor and assistant managing editor of the newspapers. In these positions, he was in charge of local, state and financial news coverage. He is able to use his news media experience in advising clients on the public relations implications of legal matters and on crisis management.
Presentations and Speaking Engagements
DeWitt has appeared before the Practising Law Institute, the American Conference Institute, the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, The Conference Board's Council of Senior International Attorneys, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the American Society of Corporate Secretaries, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Public Relations Society of America, the Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, the Carter Center, the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, the Atlanta Compliance and Ethics Roundtable and the Brock School of Business at Samford University to speak about corporate ethics and legal compliance programs.
DeWitt was a panelist on October 16, 2012, at a Thomson Reuters-sponsored Governance, Risk and Compliance Forum. He addressed "The Challenges of Managing Cross-Border Governance."
DeWitt gave a presentation on October 14, 2011, on corporate conflict of interest compliance issues to the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics' Southeast Regional Conference.
DeWitt spoke on July 8, 2011, at a meeting of the Atlanta chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. His topic: "Corporate Ethics & Compliance Programs 2011 - 7 Reasons Your 2010 Program May Already Be Outdated."
DeWitt presented a seminar to the Atlanta Compliance and Ethics Roundtable on April 12, 2011, entitled "The SEC's New Whistleblower Bounty Program - Implications of Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act and the SEC Rules Implementing It."
DeWitt spoke on May 21, 2010 at the Practising Law Institute's annual Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute on the role of Boards of Directors in corporate compliance activities.
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Governance and Compliance Law and Energy Law (2007-2014).
Partner, Troutman Sanders, 1994-present
Associate, Troutman Sanders, 1986-1993
Assistant Managing Editor, City Editor, Business Editor and Staff Writer, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1975-1983
· Board of Governors, Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, 2007-present
· Chairman, Board of Directors, Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, 2004-2006
· Steering Committee, Open Compliance & Ethics Group (corporate governance best practices initiative), 2004
· Board of Councilors, Carter Center, 2002-2007
· Founding Member, Carter Center Council for Ethical Business Practices, 1999-2004
· Board of Directors, U.S. Chapter of Transparency International, 1996-2001
· Board of Consultants, Emory Law Journal, 2001-present
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