Paula Howell Anderson


Paula Anderson is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group.  Her experience is broad, with an international focus, and encompasses a wide range of areas, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigations, complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, antitrust, M&A-related litigation, and international arbitration.  Her clients have included global leaders in the finance, insurance, automotive, telecommunications, oil and gas, engineering, media and entertainment, and manufacturing industries.  Ms. Anderson has taught Advanced Trial Advocacy Training programs for prosecutors at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and at the International Criminal Court.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Anderson served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Diane Lebedeff, New York Supreme Court in 1999, and the Honorable Donna Mills, Civil Court of Manhattan, New York in 1998.  In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Anderson was named a “Rising Star” in the area of international law by SuperLawyers Magazine.  In 2013, Ms. Anderson was named to New York Law Journal’s inaugural “2013 Rising Stars” list. In 2012, she was awarded the National Organization of Women’s “2012 Women of Power and Influence Award,” and was named to Crain’s NY Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list of top achievers under the age of 40.  In 2014, Ms. Anderson was named to Global Investigations Review’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list of the world’s leading young investigations specialists. Ms. Anderson has also been recognized by the Council of Urban Professionals (“CUP”) as a 2014 CUP Catalyst Change Agent in Law for her extraordinary professional achievements and service to the community.

Selected Experience

  • An independent monitor in the FCPA compliance monitorship of Baker Hughes, Inc.
  • An international engineering and construction company in a criminal investigation by the United States Department of Justice for possible violation of United States export control laws
  • A U.S.-based global manufacturing company in a corruption investigation of its Asian subsidiary
  • A U.S.-based engineering company in an internal corruption investigation of its African operations

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Panelist, Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions, Practising Law Institute (New York and Chicago, 2014)
  • Panelist, Board Responsibilities in Managing Investigations and Crises, Directors and Boards Magazine (New York, 2014)
  • Panelist, Delaware Law Developments 2014, Practising Law Institute (New York, 2014)
  • Panelist, In Pursuit of a Level Playing Field: FCPA and the Global Anti-Corruption Movement, Regulatory Compliance Association (New York, 2014)
  • Presenter, Public Procurement and Tender Awards: Unlawful and Illegal Practices Associated with Tender Processes (Johannesburg, S. Africa, 2014)
  • Author, Avoiding Successor Liability in M&A Transactions: How to Conduct Anticorruption Due Diligence on Target Companies and Joint Venture Partners, Financier Worldwide Magazine (May 2014)
  • Author, “Win-Win” Scenarios for Shareholders in M&A Transactions, The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation (October 2013)
  • Author, Indian Bribery and Corruption Exposed, International Financial Law Review (April 2013)
  • Panelist, Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate Law, Practising Law Institute (New York, 2013)
  • Panelist, Recent Developments in Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement (New York, 2013)
  • Panelist, How Not to Go to Jail in Four Places at Once: A Discussion on Recent Anti-Corruption Trends (New York, 2012)
  • Panelist, Navigating the FCPA in India (New York, 2012)
  • Panelist, Hot Issues in Securities Laws, Practising Law Institute (New York, 2011)
  • Columbia Law School, International Law Panel (New York, 2010)
  • Harvard Law School, International Arbitration Panel (Cambridge, MA 2008)
  • International Law Conference for Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Sierra Leone, 2006)
  • Moderator, Panel on Women of Color at Law Firms (Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, 2006)
  • Moderator, Panel on Motherhood and the Law (Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, 2006)


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2001
    • Editor, Harvard Black Letter Law Journal
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A., 1998, summa cum laude
    • Class Valedictorian
    • Alex Smith Award for Excellence in the Criminology Major
    • Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Award



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