Brigida Benitez is a partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, focusing on complex litigation, global anti-corruption matters, and internal investigations. She is skilled in addressing and solving challenging problems, including those stemming from business disputes, employment relationships or compliance matters, and has represented a wide range of clients in industries including banking and financial services, pharmaceutics, information technology, education, sports and aerospace. She has litigated cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the country, including the US Supreme Court.
Brigida is a past president of the DC Bar, the second largest unified bar in the country, with more than 100,000 members worldwide. Recognized for her accomplishments in civil litigation defense, Ms. Benitez draws on 25 years of experience representing clients in high-stakes, complex litigation and arbitration matters, along with a deep understanding of the multijurisdictional investigative process, to help companies and individuals assess and mitigate reputational and litigation risk.
Brigida conducts internal investigations relating to a variety of sensitive and business-critical issues, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); financial fraud and corruption; employee misconduct; ethics and violations of codes of conduct; accounting irregularities; whistleblower complaints; and sanctions procedures of the World Bank and other international financial institutions.
Brigida, who is fluent in Spanish, also has served as Chief of the Office of Institutional Integrity of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), heading the independent office responsible for investigating potential fraud and corruption in IDB-financed activities, and implementing compliance policies and procedures relating to anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, offshore financial centers, and sanctions laws and regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). As a member of the senior management team, she reported to the IDB president and the Audit Committee of the Board of Executive Directors. Her work encompassed 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Brigida serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches a course on international business litigation and federal practice. She has been recognized by Hispanic Business magazine as a “Woman of the Year” and by Latino Leaders magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers.”
Areas of Practice
Banking & Financial Services
Class Action/Complex Litigation
Past President, DC Bar; Chair, International Business Law Committee, ABA Business Law Section; Former Commissioner, ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession; Past President, Hispanic Bar Association of DC; Former National Vice-President, Hispanic National Bar Association
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