Kyle Sheahen


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Kyle Sheahen

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Kyle Sheahen is an associate in the Special Matters/Government Investigations Practice Group in King & Spalding's New York office.  Mr. Sheahen’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense litigation, federal and state government investigations, corporate internal investigations, and the establishment of corporate compliance programs.  Mr. Sheahen’s experience includes investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the United States Senate.

Mr. Sheahen earned his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.  During law school, Mr. Sheahen was a managing editor for the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs.  Mr. Sheahen also served as a law clerk for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary (Subcommittee on the Constitution) in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Sheahen received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where he was awarded the Frederick George Marcham Scholarship for history.

Representative Matters

  • Representing an international financial institution in a tax and securities law investigation conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a Congressional subcommittee.

  • Performing internal compliance reviews for a global insurance broker.

  • Providing analysis and advice to an international oil and gas company on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance issues related to overseas projects.

  • Preparing a financial firm’s response to subpoenas served by the Department of Justice.

  • Representing a Fortune 500 financial services company in a data breach response.


  • “I’m Not Going to Disneyland: Illusory Affirmative Defenses Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” 28 Wis. Int'l L.J. 464 (2010).
J.D., University of California-Los Angeles
B.A. History, Cornell University

New York