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She is a white collar criminal defense lawyer with more than a quarter-century of trial experience. Claire served as Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina before joining Womble Carlyle.
Her experience includes handling matters and trials involving:
In addition to her litigation experience, Claire conducts corporate internal investigations and assists clients in developing and implementing compliance programs. She also counsels clients in responding to subpoenas, search warrants and other white collar inquiries. Several of her most difficult matters have been resolved favorably without charges or publicity.
Claire also assists clients during and after cyber-attacks to ensure all regulatory agencies are properly notified, all regulations are followed, and the attorney-client privilege is protected.
Before joining Womble Carlyle, Claire served as the first Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina where she managed the 32-person office and provided representation to defendants in the criminal courts of the United States District Court of the Western District of North Carolina.
“Crisis over Cocktails-Dealing with Cyber Crime”, CPE Executive Conference, Charlotte, December 2016
“The Panama Papers-A View from the U.S.”, Lex Mundi Litigation, Arbitration, and Dispute Resolution Practice Group Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, July 2016
“Solve the Problem: Avoid the Crisis”, National Association of Corporate Directors, Charlotte, June 2016
Executives Beware: the Implications of DOJ’s New Yates Memo, NC Bar Association White Collar CLE, Greensboro, May 2016
“Compliance as Risk Management”, Minority Corporate Council Association Summit, Palm Beach, March 2016
“What You Need to Know about the Yates Memo”, American College of Trial Lawyers-NC State Meeting, Pinehurst, March 2016
“To Catch a Thief-You Don’t have to be a Criminal to Think Like One”, ACC National Conference, San Francisco, October 2015
"An FCPA Survival Guide for U.S. Companies - How U.S. Corporate Leaders can avoid the U.S. Government's Wrath in the New Global Marketplace," Greater Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel, August 2015
"Creating Compliance Strategies for a Hypothetical Tax and Employment Law", Association of Corporate Counsel Advanced Compliance Education Summit, New Orleans, April 2015
Is it Over Yet? Sentencing Trends and How Best to Prepare, North Carolina Bar Association White Collar CLE, April 2015
“Winning Your Case Through Motions”, C.J.A. Panel Annual Seminar on Federal Criminal Practice, Western District of North Carolina, April 2015
Tips and Trends in Federal Criminal Trials-Can Your Client Afford to Go to Trial and Other Issues, American College of Trial Lawyers-NC meeting, March 2015
“FTC Compliance & Enforcement: How to Remain Compliant with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (and what to do if you still get in trouble)”, Association of Corporate Counsel Ethics and Compliance Committee Webcast, December 2014
“The Paper Chase: Winning Your Case Through Motions”, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual White Collar Seminar, November 2014
“Performing a Risk Assessment and Management of Findings-Building the Base for Compliance Programs and Company Policies”, 2014 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, October 2014
“How to be Ready When Compliance Policies and Procedures Fail”, Association of Corporate Counsel Ethics and Compliance Committee Webcast, November 2013
“To Catch a Thief-Protecting Your Business from Intruders”, Ballantyne Briefings Business Group, November 2013
Perspectives on the Anti-Corruption Statutes: The UK Anti-Bribery Act of 2010, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Doing Business Internationally, British American Business Council of North Carolina, May 2013
“To Catch a Thief-You Don’t Need to be a Criminal to Think Like One”, National Webcast, Association of Corporate Counsel, June 2012
“Ten Big Pitfalls of Companies that Don’t Often Get Sued”, Association of Corporate Counsel (Local Chapter), April 2012
Speaker, Office of Defender Services National Training Branch Programs, 1998 to present
Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Federal Practice Seminars, 1994-present
“All Star Advocacy,” Mecklenburg County Bar, January 2009
“Criminal Defense in a Post-9/11 World,” North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, September 2004
“Double Jeopardy Issues,” Wake Forest University CLE Criminal Practice Program, September 1999
“How to Handle Difficult Clients,” Mecklenburg County Bar Association, January 1996
Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense
Prior Legal Experience