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Mary Beth Buchanan is a partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations and Securities Litigation and Enforcement Client Service Groups. She concentrates her practice on white collar criminal defense, SEC and FINRA enforcement matters, corporate and accounting fraud, internal investigations, corporate compliance, foreign corrupt practices violations, Congressional investigations and complex civil litigation.

Ms. Buchanan served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania from September 2001 to November 2009, having been appointed by President George W. Bush. She is the only woman in Pennsylvania's history to be presidentially appointed to this position. As the United States Attorney, Ms. Buchanan oversaw the prosecution of more than 5,000 cases, including corporate and securities fraud, bank fraud, foreign corrupt practices, false claims, money laundering, health care fraud, public corruption and a broad range of violent crimes. Prior to that time, Ms. Buchanan spent more than 13 years as an Assistant United States Attorney litigating criminal, civil and appellate cases.

During her tenure as the United States Attorney, Ms. Buchanan also held several posts at the DOJ, including serving as the director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, acting director of the DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women and chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. Ms. Buchanan also served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Organizational Guidelines Advisory Committee, which made recommendations to the Commission for amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines for Business Organizations.

Ms. Buchanan joined the firm from the United Nations, where she served as the ethics and reputational risk officer. Ms. Buchanan conducted the United Nations’ first ethics and reputational risk assessment for U.N. Peacekeeping and Special Political Operations.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Pennsylvania Chapter of Child Advocacy and Multidisciplinary Teams’ Champion of Children Award, 2010
    • California University of Pennsylvania Eberly School of Science and Technology’s Galileo Award, 2009
    • Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life Award, 2007
    • Women in Federal Law Enforcement’s President's Award for an Outstanding Career in Law Enforcement, 2007
    • Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce’s  Athena Award, 2004
    • Vectors’ Pittsburgh Person of the Year in Law and Government, 2003
    • Women’s Bar Association Susan B. Anthony Award, 2002
    • Women in Federal Law Enforcement’s President's Award for an Outstanding Career in Law Enforcement, 2007
    • Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce’s  Athena Award, 2004
    • Vectors’ Pittsburgh Person of the Year in Law and Government, 2003
    • Women’s Bar Association Susan B. Anthony Award, 2002
    • Vectors’ Pittsburgh Person of the Year in Law and Government, 2003
    • Women’s Bar Association Susan B. Anthony Award, 2002
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Professional Affiliations

    • National Association of Former United States Attorneys, 2010-Present
    • American Bar Association, Commission on Domestic Violence, 2008-2010
    • United States Department of Justice, Executive Working Group, 2004-2009
    • Society of Financial Service Professionals, Business Ethics Awards Judge, 2005-2008
    • Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Criminal Advisory Committee on Model Jury Instructions, 2005-2008
    • International Women’s Forum, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2003-Present
    • Pennsylvania Commission on Women in the Profession, 1998-Present
    • American Inns of Court, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Chapter, Master, 1998-Present; President, 1998-2000; Barrister, 1996-1998
    • American Inns of Court, Pittsburgh Chapter, Barrister, 1993-1996
    • Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania, Board of Directors, 1996-2001
    • American Heart Association, State Board, 1994-1996; Allegheny Division Board President, 1994-1996
    • Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Criminal Advisory Committee on Model Jury Instructions, 2005-2008
    • International Women’s Forum, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2003-Present
    • Pennsylvania Commission on Women in the Profession, 1998-Present
    • American Inns of Court, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Chapter, Master, 1998-Present; President, 1998-2000; Barrister, 1996-1998
    • American Inns of Court, Pittsburgh Chapter, Barrister, 1993-1996
    • Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania, Board of Directors, 1996-2001
    • American Heart Association, State Board, 1994-1996; Allegheny Division Board President, 1994-1996
    • American Inns of Court, Pittsburgh Chapter, Barrister, 1993-1996
    • Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania, Board of Directors, 1996-2001
    • American Heart Association, State Board, 1994-1996; Allegheny Division Board President, 1994-1996
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Publications

  • "Corporate Employees at Risk: Strategic and Practical Implications of the Yates Memo," Washington Legal Foundation Legal Backgrounder, Vol. 34, No. 4, Co-authored with Jovana Crncevic, Feb. 26, 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • "Bitcoin and Digital Currencies in International Trade, Legal Considerations," U.S.-Mexico Bar Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California, September 2017
  • "Advanced Legal and Practical Issues with Blockchain," Digital Finance Institute’s 3rd Annual Fintech Conference, Vancouver, Canada, May 2017
  • "Regulatory Developments," ABA Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency National Institute, New York, New York, April 2017
  • "Regulator and Enforcement Perspectives: The Role of Government Agencies and How to Work with Them," San Francisco, California, January 2017
  • "Cyber Extortion: What Are the Laws That Protect Against It and How Should Lawyers Respond?" Bryan Cave Webinar, June 2016
  • "The Evolution of Corporate Fraud Enforcement in the United States: From Sarbanes-Oxley to the Yates Memo," Paris, France, April 2016
  • "The Increasing Role of Government Enforcement & Regulation," Data Breach & Privacy Litigation Conference, HB Litigation Conferences, San Francisco, California, February 2016
  • "Cards, Payments & Financial Technology Symposium," New York, New York, February 2016
  • "Virtual Currency and Cryptocurrency Issues," New York State Bar Association Business Law Fall Section Meeting, Tarrytown, New York, October 2015
  • "Culture is Key - Navigating and Impacting Your Organization to Create a Nurturing and Collaborative Environment," Women in Law Empowerment Forum, New York, New York, March 2015
  • "Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement and DOJ’s Prosecutorial Decision-Making," Praxity International Tax Conference, Orlando, Florida, November 2014
  • "When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies," Money 2020, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2014
  • "Virtual and Digital Currencies: Potential Criminal Legal Issues," Virtual & Digital Currency and Payments Systems, American Conference Institute, Chicago, Illinois, June 2014
  • "Supreme Court Preview: What is in Store for the Court’s October 2013 Term?," The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, October 2013
  • "Maryland v. King: Post Decision SCOTUScast," Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, June 2013
  • "The Role of Federal Criminal Prosecution," Federalist Society Executive Branch Review Conference, Washington, D.C., June 2013
  • "Maryland v. King: Post-Argument SCOTUScast," Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, March 2013
  • "Corporate Criminal Misconduct and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," Lewis and Clark School of Law, Portland, Oregon, March 2010
  • "Perspectives on Effective Compliance Programs," Marathon Oil Senior Executives Training, Houston, Texas, August 2009
  • "Fraud Throughout the Ages and Its Impact on the Global Financial Crises," Practising Law Institute, Keynote Address, New York, New York, August 2009
  • "The Evolution of the USA PATRIOT Act: Protecting Citizens and Defending Liberties," Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, February 2009 and Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, January 2009
  • "The Government's Perspective on Corporate Culture," Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Chicago, Illinois, September 2008
  • "Update on the Department of Justice's White Collar Enforcement Efforts," American Bar Association, New York, New York, August 2008
  • "Retrospective on the McNulty Memorandum," Ethics and Compliance Officer's Association, Scottsdale, Arizona, May 2008
  • "National Security v. Privacy Rights: What's the Correct Balance?" Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida, April 2008
  • "Corporations, Environmental Responsibility, and Federal Environmental Enforcement," Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2008
  • "Compliance from the Government's Perspective," Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable, Houston, Texas, November 2007
  • "Attorney Client Privilege Waiver and the McNulty Memorandum," The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Boston, Massachusetts, May 2007
  • "Preparing for the Future: Building and Managing an Effective Ethics and Compliance Program," The Conference Board, New York, New York, April 2007
  • "Criminal Enforcement of the Securities Laws," Practicing Law Institute, 38th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, New York, New York, November 2006
  • "Ethics and Compliance Programs in Real Cases," Ethics and Compliance Officer's Association, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2006
  • "Combating Corporate Misconduct and Restoring Public Confidence in Corporate America," American Bar Association, Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 2006
  • "The Role of Government in the Boardroom," The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Washington, D.C., July 2006
  • "Compliance and Ethics," Association of Corporate Counsel, New York, New York, June 2006
  • "Public Integrity Prosecutions: Can the Department of Justice Police the Executive and Legislative Branches," American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Washington, D.C., June 2006
  • "Perspectives on Effective Compliance Programs," Corporate Compliance Institute, New York, New York, June 2006
  • "Upholding the Company's Ethics and Compliance Program," University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Boulder, Colorado, June 2006
  • "Friend or Foe: Upholding the Company's Ethics and Compliance Program," Duquesne University, Beard Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 2006
  • "Effective Compliance Programs," Corporate Compliance Institute, Chicago, Illinois, May 2006
  • "Perspectives from the Government and the Defense on Effective Corporate Compliance," Corporate Compliance Institute, San Francisco, California, April 2006
  • "The Erosion of the Attorney-Client Privilege," The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Washington, D.C., January 2006