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Mary C. Spearing

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Washington, DC, USA

Admission & Qualifications

District of Columbia Bar
New York State Bar


Vassar College, 1972, B.A.
Fordham University School of Law, 1976, J.D., Art History

Professional Profile

A partner in the Litigation Department since 1999, Mary Spearing focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and corporate compliance counseling. Mary has amassed a broad range of experience from her government experience to the boardroom. She has tried more than 35 cases to verdict. Her clients have included corporations, officers, directors and professionals in regulatory, investigative and trial matters. She has litigated for the government and the defense in numerous state and federal courts. She has been hired by audit committees or special committees of public companies across a range of industries to conduct investigations into allegations of wrongdoing.

Representative Matters

Represented the former CEO of Rite Aid in a securities fraud/obstruction of justice case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Represented Halliburton in the FCPA investigation conducted by the U.S. DOJ and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Represented Noble Corp. in an FCPA investigation conducted by the U.S. DOJ and SEC, resulting in a non-prosecution agreement by the DOJ

Represented the Audit Committee of an oil services company in a DOJ/SEC FCPA investigation, resulting in no action by the enforcement agencies

Represented a Fortune 100 entertainment company in an internal investigation regarding FCPA allegations related to their business in China

Represented a private international contractor in a DOJ prosecution for Clean Water Act violations Salt Lake City Olympic Committee Chief Financial Officer-DOJ bribery investigation Compliance officer of environmental testing lab for violation of False Statement Act  Sinclair Oil Refinery in a DOJ prosecution for environmental RCRA offenses

Represented a private equity fund regarding FCPA compliance issues related to African and South American investments

Represented a member of the Senate staff in a campaign finance investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York

Represented an Iranian businessman under investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia regarding violations of the Iranian sanctions laws

Represented an aerospace manufacturer in an internal investigation regarding FCPA allegations A Canadian company under investigation for corruption related activities by the U.S. DOJ and the Canadian Crown Prosecution Service

Represented a Japanese automobile manufacturer under investigation by the DOJ for false advertising and bank fraud

Other Distinctions

Mary is a frequent speaker on white collar topics at numerous ABA, international conferences and industry programs. She has been a litigation guest lecturer at white collar seminars at Georgetown University Law School and American University’s law school.

She has been named each year one of the country’s top lawyers in The Best Lawyers in America, The Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Washington Post’s Superlawyers of DC and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

Prior Experience

US Department of Justice, Criminal Division (1989-1999)
 -Chief, Fraud Section, 1994-1999
 -Chief, General Litigation Section, 1991-1994
 -Deputy Chief, Child Explotation and Obscenity Section, 1989-1991

Assistant US Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania (1984-1988)

Assistant US Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1981-1984)

Attorney, US Department of Energy, Office of Special Investigations (1979-1981)

Attorney, New York City Department of Investigation (1976-1979)


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