With a wealth of experience, Jill Williamson brings a practical, business-oriented approach to her practice.
Ms. Williamson is a partner in CKR’s Government Enforcement and White Collar Investigations Practice Group. Ms. Williamson assists clients in conducting internal investigations, defending government investigations provides compliance advice in the areas of anti-corruption, export compliance, sanctions, data privacy and compliance and risk management.
She has held high-level compliance positions in both Fortune 100 and mid-sized global corporations. Ms. Williamson started her legal career at the Washington, D.C. law-firm Verner Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand where she practices public international law. Notable cases included the representation of the Government of Ethiopia in ad-hoc arbitrations with Eritrea over the boundary between the two countries, and the conduct of the war between the two countries; and the representation of Pertamina (the Indonesian National Oil and Gas Corporation) in U.S. Federal Court.
Eventually, she focused her practice on white collar defense, investigations, and compliance. While in private practice, Ms. Williamson was the lead associate in a number of FCPA, fraud, and money laundering cases with experience leading investigations in the US, Europe, and Asia; and provided compliance advise in the areas of OFAC, export compliance, anti-corruption, and data privacy. After 10 years of private practice in Washington, DC; Ms. Williamson took her experience in-house; first working as the Deputy Chief Compliance officer at Cigna Corporation (CI) and then as Chief Compliance Officer at Liquidity Services, Inc. (LQDT). In both roles, Ms. Williamson successfully designed and implemented compliance programs, revamped internal investigation processes, led or managed investigations, and represented the company in government inquiries worldwide.
Prior to practicing law, Ms. Williamson served in the U.S. Army as a Russian Linguist, SIGINT operator, and arms control inspector. She also worked for ExroFuels, a division of The Exploration Company, an independent oil and gas exploration company in San Antonio, Texas, managing a variety of alternative fuel projects, including a joint venture with the government of Uzbekistan.
Ms. Williamson has had an enduring commitment to public service and pro bono work. While at Alston and Bird, she received the Philip H. Alston Award for exemplary pro bono service for her work defending Guantanamo detainees. Most recently, won an appeal for a veteran of the Vietnam war resulting in the award of over $100,000 in owed disability benefits.
Ms. Williamson received her JD with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. She also graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, University College with a B.A. in Management Studies and minors in Russian and German.