Rebekah Poston

Rebekah J. Poston

Partner

Rebekah is a former Assistant US Attorney with the US Attorney's Office in Miami, Florida and a Special Attorney with the Department of Justice's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section in Cleveland. She now focuses her practice on defending complex domestic and international white collar criminal cases. She has successfully represented foreign governments, multinational, public and private corporations, brokerage firms and banks, airlines and shipping lines, maritime brokers, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, and industrial, manufacturing and agricultural companies, as well as their officers, directors and employees.

Rebekah heads our global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)/anticorruption and compliance lawyers, of which there are more than 50 professionals located in the US, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. She counsels and defends on matters involving a wide range of issues, including the FCPA, the US PATRIOT Act, money laundering, environmental crime, Internet fraud and identity theft, tax evasion, bank, securities and tax fraud, customs and embargo violations, asset seizures, forfeitures and healthcare fraud and abuse. She has written FCPA corporate compliance programs and conducted FCPA trainings, audits and internal investigations for Fortune 100 and 500 companies around the globe.

She also leads the firm’s Criminal Justice Act federal trial team for the Southern District of Florida. She is an active participant in the firm’s Women’s Initiative Group and Lateral Hire Committee.

In 2010, Rebekah was inducted as a Fellow into the American Bar Foundation. An authority on white collar criminal defense, she was named to Who’s Who Legal 100 (2014 and 2015) as one of the top lawyers in the area of Business Crime Defense in the US. She is consistently named as one of Florida’s Super Lawyers in her field, a ranking that places her among the top 5% of all Florida’s lawyers. She also has been listed each year in The Best Lawyers in America since 2003, named as one of Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine each year since 2004, and is regularly listed in South Florida Legal Guide as one of South Florida’s leading lawyers in her field of white collar criminal defense. In 2010, she was selected by South Florida’s Legal Guide as one of eight women lawyers who had excelled in their legal careers.

Rebekah regularly presents at international conferences on such topics as FCPA M&A due diligence, implementing FCPA compliance plans in Latin America, and how to conduct an FCPA and anti-corruption internal investigations.  She has also been a panel member for the University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy and serves on the Law Review Alumnae Advisory Committee for the University of Miami School of Law.  She has also lectured as an adjunct professor on ethics and professional responsibility at Florida International University’s School of Law.

Rebekah also gives presentations to banks, auditors, and public and private industries on such topics as antimoney-laundering and FCPA compliance; cyber crime; the Federal Sentencing Guidelines; preserving the lawyer/client privilege and lawyer work product doctrine in domestic and international corporate investigations; and voluntary disclosure to the US Department of Justice.

Rebekah has an extensive 30-year background in immigration and nationality law, particularly in representing individual and multinational clients. She represents the interests of both individuals and US businesses that employ non-US nationals. Rebekah assists multinational corporations with the preparation and filing of various petitions with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which include such visa categories as EB-5s, Es, H-1Bs, Ls, Os, Ps, Rs and TNs. She and her immigration team assist with the preparation of exchange visitor (J-1) visas for non-US nationals who are coming to the US to participate in programs authorized by the Department of State. She and her team also have extensive experience with PERM labor certifications, immigrant visas, and citizenship and naturalization matters. Rebekah has special experience in the areas of non-immigrant and immigrant visas for high-net-worth individuals, multinational executives and specialized knowledge workers throughout Latin America and Europe.

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White Collar

  • Representing Fortune 500 companies in conducting their FCPA due diligence in global mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
  • Training various Fortune 500 companies’ employees, compliance, auditing and legal staff on FCPA, UK Bribery Act and anticorruption laws and compliance.
  • Conducting FCPA risk assessments for foreign subsidiaries of US publicly controlled and traded companies.
  • Writing FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance codes for US public companies.
  • Training US public companies’ domestic and foreign legal departments on the FCPA and UK Bribery Act.
  • Orchestrating and conducting FCPA and anticorruption training in the native language for a US public company in multiple countries.
  • Representing Fortune 500 companies in FCPA internal investigations in Brazil, China, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Honduras and Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, and Venezuela, including revising and drafting corporate FCPA compliance and integrity codes.
  • Writing FCPA compliance and integrity codes for a commercial aviation joint venture in China.
  • Representing US brokerage firms in federal grand jury investigations for alleged broker misconduct and investor fraud.
  • Representing a major US commercial airline on charges of illegal transportation of hazardous material.
  • Representing a public logistics company in a federal grand jury investigation of alleged handling and processing of hazardous waste without proper permits.
  • Representing a major land developer’s sales agent on charges of Clean Water Act violations and mail and wire fraud.
  • Representing a cruise line’s chief engineer in a federal grand jury investigation for alleged Clean Water Act violations regarding oil pollution on the high seas.
  • Representing cargo airlines in federal seizures of aircraft and raids by federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Representing cargo airlines in Customs and Department of Homeland Security regulatory inspections and investigations.
  • Representing importers in federal seizures of their goods by US Customs and Border Protection.
  • Representing individuals on charges of Internet fraud.
  • Representing individuals and companies on charges of Internet gaming.
  • Representing a company preparing its IPO in an internal investigation regarding early recognition of revenue issues.
  • Representing individuals charged with US and international tax fraud.
  • Representing individuals charged with securities fraud.
  • Representing victims of international securities fraud.
  • Representing individuals in the United States whose extradition was sought from their native countries of Israel, Hong Kong, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Ecuador.
  • Representing Czech Republic nationals in a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty request.
  • Handling prisoner transfers of US citizens from Mexico to the United States under Prisoner Transfer Treaties.
  • Representing public and private companies in internal investigations regarding such issues as Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliance, premature revenue recognition, federal contract fraud, money laundering, immigration and I-9 compliance, and employee embezzlement and theft.
  • Advising public and private companies on training their employees and management on how to respond to search warrants executed by state and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
  • Representing non-US persons whose US visas have been revoked or canceled.
  • Representing individuals seeking to have their intelligence records corrected or deleted from state and federal law enforcement databases.

Immigration

  • Representing EB-5 immigrant visa investors.
  • Representing employers and individuals with non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions filed with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (L, E, P, R, O, H-1B, J).
  • Representing an energy company in an I-9 government audit.
  • Representing a large agricultural business in an I-9 government audit.
  • Representing an international flight school in a J-1/M-1 government audit.
  • Representing a public company that owns post-secondary education institutions throughout the United States in a SEVIS/SEVP audit and investigation.
  • Representing individuals whose criminal history records need to be cleared to pave the way toward lawful permanent residency and naturalization.
  • Representing non-US nationals in government filings to correct inaccurate information housed in official government databases to facilitate their entry into the United States.

Education

  • University of Miami, B.S., magna cum laude, 1970
  • University of Miami, J.D., 1974

Admissions

  • Florida, 1974

Courts

  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Middle Dist. of Florida, 1985
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Florida, 1974

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