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Bethany Hengsbach

Los Angeles
F: +1.213.443.2900


  • J.D., DePaul University, 1997, member and Citation Editor, DePaul University Journal of Health Care Law, two-time recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award, Dean's Scholar
  • Cornell University, University of Paris IV, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Institute of International and Comparative Law, 1995
  • B.A., University of Illinois, 1994, with distinction
  • California
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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Bethany Hengsbach is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Hengsbach specializes in government investigations and compliance, with an emphasis on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). Ms Hengsbach represents businesses and individuals in enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. She has also conducted numerous internal investigations and compliance inquiries for several U.S. and foreign corporations, and designs and implements compliance programs including policies and procedures, training, and internal controls.


  • White-collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations, Legal 500, 2017-2018
  • Main Justice Best FCPA Lawyers, 2013
  • One of only 25 attorneys nationwide selected for the 2008-2009 American Bar Association Leadership Academy. Ms. Hengsbach was nominated for selection into the Academy by Senior Corporate Counsel for Northrop Grumman.


Representative Experience

  • Ms. Hengsbach has designed global anti-corruption compliance programs for several large multinationals in the technology, consumer brands, military products, and engineering services industries, including policy drafting, training, due diligence, and monitoring.
  • Ms. Hengsbach has represented several domestic and foreign multinationals in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations, both internal and those involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • Ms. Hengsbach has provided FCPA advice and counsel to several domestic and foreign entities,  including advice re promotional activities, travel and hospitality, and facilitation payments.
  • Ms. Hengsbach was one of the senior associates on a team representing Northrop Grumman in a $500 million software misappropriation case.  Ms. Hengsbach was responsible for oral argument before the magistrate and the trial judge, arguing over fifty motions in the case.  She took over thirty depositions, including that of the opponent's CEO, as well as several of its expert witnesses.  The case settled on favorable terms on the eve of trial.
  • Ms. Hengsbach acted as the "second chair" trial attorney in a multi-million dollar breach of contract dispute for Northrop Grumman.  Among other significant responsibilities for trial preparation, Ms. Hengsbach drafted and argued eleven motions in limine on behalf of her client.  The trial judge granted all eleven motions, resulting in a favorable settlement on the eve of trial.
  • Ms. Hengsbach represented an importer in a patent infringement dispute before the International Trade Commission, successfully negotiating a licensing agreement to settle the case on favorable terms.
  • Ms. Hengsbach acted as the "first chair" trial attorney in a construction dispute wherein plaintiff sought damages in excess of one million dollars.  After opening statement and cross examination of the plaintiff's key witness, plaintiff accepted defendant's pre-trial settlement offer, resolving the case on favorable terms.

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  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association