Jacqueline Peterson

Director, Forensics and Litigation Services, Weaver

Jacqueline Peterson

With more than 25 years of legal experience, Jacqueline Peterson, J.D., leads Weaver’s forensics practice related to anticorruption, ethics and compliance. She began her career as an Assistant State Attorney in Florida, and most recently led anticorruption, ethics and global compliance efforts at Hewlett-Packard (HP), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, (HPE) and DXC Technology. While at HP, Jacqueline assisted the company in resolving investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, earning accolades from the DOJ for HP’s extensive anticorruption efforts. 

In addition to her anticorruption and compliance experience, Jacqueline has served as a criminal prosecutor and a private attorney focused on white-collar criminal cases. She has tried more than 60 jury trials and more than 100 nonjury trials.  She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Eller School Center for Leadership Ethics at the University of Arizona, and is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Jacqueline earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from the University of Nebraska, where she was named the Outstanding Female Law Graduate.

Professional Experience

  • More than 25 years of combined legal experience focused on compliance issues, white-collar crime, and risk assessment for mergers and acquisitions
  • Directed global compliance at a company, DXT Technology, formed of Computer Sciences Corporation and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, involving more than 170,000 employees and operations in more than 70 countries; analyzed risks associated with existing business models and developed risk-mitigation controls in advance of the merger
  • Created global compliance policies and procedures for DXT, including due diligence programs for mergers and acquisitions, DXC partners, suppliers and other third parties; enhanced processes and controls intended to prevent fraud and corruption; and utilized lower-cost resources for less-complex compliance reviews
  • Conducted hundreds of internal investigations and compliance reviews, including inspections and reviews
  • Conducted risk assessments for business segments of international companies; and advised Fortune 100 companies on effective compliance programs
  • Advised higher and lower education institutes on compliance issues
  • Directed the anti-corruption office at HP, a Fortune 50 company with over 300,000 employees and operations in 165 countries
  • Oversaw and managed corporations’ overall anti-corruption strategies, which involved developing employee training and communications; creating policies; advising employees and third parties regarding anti-corruption issues; conducting internal risk analysis and assessment; creating and overseeing due diligence programs for partners, suppliers and other third parties; enhancing processes and controls to prevent fraud and corruption; and partnering with Internal Audit to assess and improve compliance controls
  • Analyzed potential acquisition targets, both public and private companies, including review of each target’s public-sector business, employee base, third-party relationships, geographical presence, revenue recognition policy, existing litigation and government inquiries, whistleblower complaints and other internal investigations, and ethics and compliance policies
  • Twelve years of private legal practice focused on white-collar crime such as False Claims Act cases, merger and acquisition risk assessments, corporate governance and compliance, and ethics and anti-corruption programs
  • Directed the response of several international and national clients to subpoenas issued by federal grand juries in a variety of locations throughout the United States, as well as responding to inquiries from regulators, communicating with attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as Special Agents from various law enforcement authorities
  • Directed the internal investigation by the Special Litigation Committee of a publicly-held company in relation to a $6 billion acquisition

Professional Involvement and Recognition

  • Board of Advisors, University of Arizona, Eller School Center for Leadership Ethics
  • Member,  North Texas Ethics and Compliance Council
  • Member & Contributing Author, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • Outstanding Female Law Graduate, University of Nebraska College of Law

Representative Presentations and Publications

  • August 2019:  “Recent Developments in the Law & Anticorruption Enforcement” Dallas, TX
  • June 2019:  “SEC & DOJ Enforcement Actions - A Year in Review”  Austin, TX
  • March 2019:  “Trends in Anticorruption Enforcement” Dallas, TX 
  • October 2016: “Compliance and Enforcement” Washington, DC
  • December 2015: “Best Practices,” International Anti-Corruption Academy, Vienna, Austria
  • August 2015: “Best Practices in Ethics and Compliance,” Palo Alto, CA
  • March 2015:  “Effective Ethics and Compliance Communications,” National Ethics & Compliance Officers Association Conference, Dallas
  • June 2014: Speaker, National Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • April 2013: Speaker,  National Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • November 2012: Speaker, National Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • August 2010: “The New Global Anti-Bribery Landscape Webinar,” K&L Gates
  • May 2010: “Civil False Claims — Issues and Strategy,” K&L Gates

Education and Certifications

  • Juris Doctor, University of Nebraska College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, Georgetown University