Jacobson from Weatherford to Orrick

William B. Jacobson will join Orrick in its Washington, D.C. office.

Jacobson served until recently as chief compliance officer of Weatherford International Ltd., one of the world’s largest multinational oil and natural gas service companies.

From 2007 to 2008, he served as assistant chief for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement in the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

From 2001 to 2005, he was a trial attorney in the Fraud Section, investigating and prosecuting a variety of white collar crimes.

He began his career serving as Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx.

In private practice, Mr. Jacobson has been a partner with Kirkland & Ellis and Fulbright & Jaworski.

“Billy brings to our team an invaluable combination of public company, government, and private practice experience. He has designed, led and/or managed hundreds of internal investigations related to publicly-traded and private companies across a broad spectrum of areas, including, anti-corruption, trade sanctions, and securities fraud,” said Orrick’s Walter F. Brown Jr.

Jacobson is the second recent addition the firm has announced to its east coast white collar team.

Effective July 14, Jonathan E. Lopez, the inaugural Deputy Chief of Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Bank Integrity Unit, will join the firm, also as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office.

“I am tremendously excited to join Orrick’s nationally leading trial and compliance team and help grow the firm’s east coast team with Guy Singer and Jonathan Lopez,” Jacobson said. “Based on my experience working with both Guy and Jonathan at DOJ, I am confident we will make an effective and dynamic defense team.”

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