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Caryn Lara Trombino



Caryn Trombino is a partner based in the firm's Chicago office, and is a member of the White Collar & Investigations practice, in addition to the Securities & Corporate Governance Litigation and Professional Liability Litigation practice. Caryn is licensed to practice in Illinois and Washington, D.C., and has broad experience undertaking both large-scale and targeted internal investigations for FORTUNE 500 companies, particularly in the area of financial fraud and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Caryn has also conducted a variety of sensitive transactional due diligence reviews, risk assessments, and investigations on behalf of multinational entities conducting business in markets around the globe, including in Russia, Serbia, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Taiwan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Belgium, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Pakistan, Iraq, the Dominican Republic and India.  Caryn regularly advises clients on the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs, as well as the maintenance of robust and effective internal controls, with an eye towards eliminating potential legal exposure under the FCPA's "books and records" provisions.

Caryn has represented individuals and entities appearing before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the U.S. Department of State, primarily in civil or criminal actions involving allegations of securities fraud, market manipulation, money laundering, criminal anti-trust violations (international cartel activity), and violations of the FCPA or the Federal False Claims Act. Additionally, Caryn has coordinated numerous complex native and foreign language document reviews and productions involving voluminous amounts of electronic data, and has experience working with a variety of e-discovery platforms.

Caryn currently serves as a member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section's Global Anti-Corruption Task Force, for which she is a frequent contributing author on issues and developments related to global corruption and international law enforcement cooperation. Caryn has written extensively about the SEC's newly authorized Whistleblower Bounty provision under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, with a particular focus on the provision's potential impact on corporate compliance programs and internal reporting mechanisms.

Prior to joining private practice, Caryn served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel for the US Department of Commerce, Ethics Division. Caryn attended the New York University (NYU) School of Law where she served as a Senior Editor on the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, and as Research Assistant to Professor Arthur R. Miller, co-author of the Federal Practice and Procedure treatise on the civil rules.

Securities Litigation and White Collar Defense

  • Conducted numerous internal investigations for FORTUNE 500 companies in matters involving possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act involving subsidiaries and acquisition targets in emerging and other high-risk international markets.
  • Conducted Foreign Corrupt Practices Act due diligence reviews, international risk assessments, and proactive reviews of foreign operations for various FORTUNE 500 multinational corporations.
  • Represented former public company general counsel and corporate officer in connection with federal criminal indictment involving allegations of accounting fraud and money laundering.
  • Represented public company chief financial officer in SEC revenue recognition investigation.
  • Conducted internal investigation for a major university into a potential Federal False Claims Act violation relating to federal grant funding.
  • Represents a FORTUNE 500 company in an ongoing federal grand jury investigation.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed as an "Illinois Rising Star", White Collar Criminal Defense, as published by Law & Politics, 2012 - present

Related Employment

  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate, 2006 - 2010
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, D.C., Attorney Advisor, Ethics Division, 2004 - 2006
  • Office of the Appellate Defender, New York, NY, Law Clerk (Clinic), 2004
  • Reed Smith, LLP, Washington, D.C., Summer Associate, 2003
  • New York University School of Law, New York, NY, Research Assistant, 2002 - 2003


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2004
    NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy, Senior Editor for Student Written Work
  • University of Illinois, B.A., Humanities, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois