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Paige Ammons is a white collar and complex civil litigator with over a decade of experience representing corporate and individual clients in high-stakes civil and criminal enforcement actions and investigations. Ms. Ammons, Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Buckley LLP,  has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including ones involving securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act , and criminal violations of environmental laws and false statements charges, as well as workplace cultural compliance issues.   

Noteworthy work includes:

  • Universal Entertainment Corp., a large Japanese gaming manufacturer, and its subsidiary, Aruze USA, Inc., in FCPA-related litigation brought by Wynn Resorts Ltd., as well as in related parallel matters. The case involved one of the first examples of a private party using allegations of FCPA violations as an affirmative weapon to gain an upper hand in an unrelated contract dispute. After six years of litigation – during which the parties produced millions of documents, argued more than a dozen appeals and scores of motions, and took nearly 100 depositions – Wynn Resorts agreed to pay $2.6 billion to our clients just a month before trial
     
  • Noble Corp.’s former CEO/CFO, Mark Jackson, in the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) lawsuit against him over alleged bribery in Nigeria related to oil and gas drilling rigs. Unlike almost all SEC enforcement actions in the FCPA space, Mr. Jackson fought the SEC’s allegations against him. The case was the only contested litigation to arise out of the SEC and Department of Justice's (DOJ) broad FCPA investigation into oil and gas drillers in Nigeria, and would have been the first SEC trial on FCPA claims in 30 years. Buckley put the SEC to the test through extensive litigation in Houston federal court, including challenges to what appear to have been the SEC’s first expert witnesses ever in FCPA cases. The case ultimately settled on the eve of trial with Mr. Jackson paying no money to the SEC, accepting no bar to his future employment, and neither admitting nor denying a simple controlling person claim unrelated to bribery
     
  • Multiple individuals across various industries in investigations and criminal prosecutions of various types, including antitrust, securities fraud, environmental, and export violations 
     
  • Multiple matters in Buckley’s Workplace Cultural Compliance practice, including representing the Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel, and a prominent social justice organization in a workplace cultural compliance investigation and assessment 
     
  • Pro bono representation of two individuals resulting in successfully obtaining compassionate release from incarceration 

Prior to joining Buckley, Ms. Ammons clerked for the Honorable James Robertson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Following law school, Ms. Ammons was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where her practice focused on litigation, white collar defense and investigations.

Ms. Ammons received her J.D. from New York University School of Law (cum laude) in 2007 and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 2004.

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Awards and Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers 2020 Rising Star: Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Star: Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Super Lawyers 2018 Rising Star: Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Super Lawyers 2017 Rising Star: Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Super Lawyers 2016 Rising Star: Criminal Defense: White Collar

Education

  • J.D., New York University, 2007 (cum laude)
  • B.A., University of North Carolina, 2004

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Government Service

    • Law Clerk, Hon. James Robertson, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

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