Vera H Powell

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Vera Powell

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Vera Powell is an associate in the Special Matters/Government Investigations Practice Group in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office.  Her practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance reviews, and compliance counseling. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Powell served as a Compliance Officer at a Fortune 100 company, where she helped devise and implement a world class compliance program to prevent, detect, and respond to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and other relevant anti-corruption and anti-bribery legislation.  At the conclusion of the company’s initial compliance remediation and implementation efforts, she received the 2009 “Employee of the Year” award for her work in the implementation of an expansive anti-corruption toolkit at several corporate entities.

As the Compliance Officer responsible for several U.S.-based divisions operating internationally, Ms. Powell worked closely with executive management and all relevant functions to foster a values-based compliance culture by continuously enhancing, monitoring, and enforcing the compliance program components.  She conducted regular anti-corruption risk assessments, drafted and implemented compliance policies covering a broad array of anti-corruption topics, conducted ongoing training on those policies for all relevant staff, provided day-to-day advice to management and employees, and monitored the effectiveness of the compliance program by performing compliance reviews. 

In addition to her compliance expertise, Ms. Powell brings to the firm extensive business experience gained from managing OEM Relationship Management (“ORM”) projects for one of the world’s ten largest automotive suppliers and analyzing order-to-cash processes for the sixth largest U.S. poultry producer.

Ms. Powell joined King & Spalding after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Orinda D. Evans of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  She also completed an internship for the Honorable Frank M. Hull of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Ms. Powell earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law, where she graduated first in her class.  While in law school, she was associate articles editor of the Georgia State Law Review, a member of the Georgia State Moot Court, and a finalist of the Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition.  She was honored with numerous awards for her outstanding academic accomplishments, including excellence awards for Research, Writing and Advocacy and Torts, and was the recipient of the 2012 American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence.  Ms. Powell received her undergraduate degree in International Business Management from Aalen University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Ms. Powell has lived and worked in five countries.  She possesses substantial intercultural skills and experience, and is fluent in several languages.

Prior Relevant Experience

  • Former Compliance Officer at a Fortune 100 company, where she helped devise and implement a world class compliance program to prevent, detect, and respond to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and other relevant anti-corruption and anti-bribery legislation. 

  • Recipient of the 2009 “Employee of the Year” award for her work in the implementation of an expansive anti-corruption toolkit as part of the company’s initial compliance remediation and implementation efforts.

  • Responsible for several U.S.-based divisions operating internationally, including in Mexico, Russia, India, and China.

  • Worked closely with executive management and all relevant functions to foster a values-based compliance culture by continuously enhancing, monitoring, and enforcing the compliance program components. 

  • Conducted regular anti-corruption risk assessments, drafted and implemented compliance policies covering a broad array of anti-corruption topics, conducted ongoing training on those policies for all relevant staff, provided day-to-day advice to management and employees, and monitored the effectiveness of the compliance program by performing compliance reviews. 

  • Native speaker of Bulgarian, proficient in German and Macedonian, some knowledge of Russian.
LANGUAGES
German (fluent)
Macedonian (fluent)
Bulgarian (native)

CLERKSHIPS
Law Clerk, Hon. Orinda D. Evans, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Intern, Hon. Frank M. Hull, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

EDUCATION
J.D., summa cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law
B.A., Aalen University of Applied Sciences

ADMISSIONS
Georgia