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Meredith D. Bateman

Associate
+1.503.226.5724
Fax +1.412.355.6501
Meredith Bateman focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on government enforcement, internal investigations, and insurance coverage.

Ms. Bateman assists in defending financial institutions during federal criminal investigations focusing on bribery and money-laundering. Ms. Bateman also participates in internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients to evaluate potential exposure under federal statutes. With respect to her FCPA practice, Ms. Bateman regularly conducts due diligence investigations of current and prospective business partners, distributors, agents, and acquisition targets in the United States, Europe, and Asia, with evaluations of the anti-corruption risks associated with potential mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Additionally, Ms. Bateman develops effective anti-corruption corporate policies and procedures for a variety of clients.

Ms. Bateman’s broader commercial disputes practice includes fact investigation, managing e-Discovery teams and complex document collections and productions, motion practice, and drafting pre and post-trial filings. Within the insurance coverage area, Ms. Bateman represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes seeking coverage under commercial general liability policies, directors and officers policies, umbrella and excess policies, and Bermuda form policies. Ms. Bateman pursues and obtains insurance recoveries for government investigations and regulatory proceedings.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Bateman was a summer associate for several law firms in Louisiana. In addition, she was an intern for the Honorable Fredericka Homberg Wicker in the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Laurie A. White in the Orleans parish Criminal District Court.

Achievements

  • Order of the Coif
  • Civil Law Studies Award, Tulane University
Insurance Coverage
  • Counsel to policyholder in federal court in West Virginia seeking coverage for a class action settlement.
  • Counsel to policyholder in suit seeking insurance coverage for environmental property damage.
  • Counsel to corporate policyholders in pursuing insurance coverage for fraud-based investigations and proceedings initiated by federal and state regulators and enforcement authorities.
Internal Investigations
  • Defended financial institution during federal criminal investigations of Bank Secrecy Act and related anti-money-laundering violations.
  • Assisted in a multi-jurisdictional, cross-border internal investigation for a technology company into allegations of corrupt payments.
  • Investigated a multi-million dollar fraud related to an international engineering firm’s compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.