JACKIE PRUITT, a counsel in the firm’s Chicago office, focuses her practice on white collar criminal matters, internal investigations, government enforcement actions, professional liability matters, and litigation, including matters involving challenging accounting and financial issues. Jackie graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and holds a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, and has been profiled in Fraud Magazine.
Jackie has extensive experience conducting complex domestic and international internal investigations on a variety of matters, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), fraud, bribery, and securities regulations. She represents clients before law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and other regulators. In addition, Jackie assists clients in the development, implementation and evaluation of corporate compliance policies, protocols, and internal controls and has experience conducting anti-corruption and compliance-related due diligence in the business transaction context.
Jackie maintains an active pro bono practice, including civil rights and federal criminal matters, and the firm’s Capital Litigation Project and Political Asylum and Immigrants’ Rights Project. Jackie is a recipient of the firm’s Thomas H. Morsch Award for Pro Bono Achievement in connection with her work on a capital litigation matter and also received an award from Chicago Volunteer Legal Services in connection with her victory on behalf of a CVLS-referred client in a landlord/tenant dispute. She is an administrator of the firm-sponsored brief bank for the Appleseed Project/Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition partnership and is a past member of the Committee overseeing the firm’s adoption of the Kanoon Magnet School.
Jackie is also actively engaged in the civic, legal, and professional communities at large. Among other organizations, she is a member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She serves on the Ambassadors Board of the Chicago Children’s Choir and Young Professionals Board of the Better Government Association and provides volunteer income tax assistance through Ladder Up.