Iris E. Bennett
Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
Ms. Bennett has represented numerous Fortune 100 corporate and individual clients in matters relating to potential violations of criminal and civil fraud statutes, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Act, and antitrust laws, among others, during her 20 years of practicing law.
She has conducted internal investigations in cases across the globe and represented companies before the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Department of Justice as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Bennett’s fluency in Spanish has enabled her to conduct many investigations in that language. Ms. Bennett is a recognized expert on anti-corruption compliance programs. She has designed and executed numerous corporate compliance reviews and audits, serves as the Independent Compliance Monitor for SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. on behalf of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Development Association (World Bank), and has served as Counsel to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), a Committee formed to provide independent oversight of the Company's internal investigation and remediation in connection with the Lava Jato matter. Ms. Bennett entered private practice after serving as a federal criminal defense lawyer in the District of Columbia Federal Public Defenders office. She clerked for the Honorable Robert W. Sweet of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and for the Honorable David S. Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She received her law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law, and her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard College.