Our Team

Michael Volkov

Michael Volkov

Principal

MICHAEL VOLKOV, Principal, has over 30 years of experience in practicing law.

A former federal prosecutor and veteran white-collar defense attorney, Mike is an expert in compliance, internal investigations and enforcement matters. Mike was a federal prosecutor for over 25 years, and has extensive trial experience in federal court. He also served as chief crime and terrorism counsel for the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.

Mike maintains a highly popular FCPA blog – Corruption, Crime & Compliance. He is a regular speaker at events around the globe, and is frequently cited in the media for his knowledge on criminal issues, enforcement matters, compliance and corporate governance.

Mike is licensed in VA and DC.

LAUREN E. CONNELL

LAUREN E. CONNELL

Managing Associate

LAUREN E. CONNELL, Managing Associate, has extensive experience with business operations and corporate governance. A former management consultant, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies to solve complex business challenges. At the Volkov Law Group, she works with corporations on compliance and ethics, internal investigations, and export and sanctions compliance.  She has prepared internal governance procedures and policies of all types (including ABC, Business Courtesies, AML, Trade Compliance, Third Party Due Diligence, Third Party Payment, and Internal Investigation Protocol) for companies of all sizes across a range of industries.

Lauren is licensed in VA, DC, and NY.

Jacqui Merrill

Jacqui Merrill

Associate

JACQUELYN A. MERRILL, Associate, specializes in corporate compliance and white collar defense. She has focused her practice on anti-corruption compliance consulting, risk assessments, and internal investigations.  Jacqui has handled matters for a variety of industries, including multinational aviation, energy, and technology companies, and manages third party due diligence programs for several clients. She regularly advises on anti-corruption and export compliance matters, including due diligence best practices, evaluation of internal controls, and enhanced investigation of third parties.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Jacqui provided accounting services to a nationwide business consulting firm.

Jacqui is licensed in WA.

Susan Simpson

Susan Simpson

Associate

SUSAN M. SIMPSON, Associate, specializes in litigating civil and criminal proceedings under the FCPA, antitrust laws, and other regulatory frameworks. Her trial experience includes a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including the successful representation of clients in actions for breach of contract, commercial torts, defamation, civil conspiracy, fraud, and infringement of intellectual property. She also has experience in civil and criminal appellate litigation before state and federal courts.

Susan is licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Vincent Ruiz

Vincent Ruiz

Of Counsel

VINCENT RUIZ, Of Counsel, focuses on anti-corruption compliance and investigations. He has over 30 years’ experience as a litigator, appellate attorney and regulatory compliance counsel. Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Ruiz has represented American clients with business interests in Mexico. Mr. Ruiz served as a mediator for the California Court of Appeal and a judicial arbitrator for the San Francisco Superior Court. Mr. Ruiz earned his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, where he was an associate editor of the California Law Review. Following graduation, he worked as a research attorney for the Central Staff of Chief Justice Rose E. Bird of the California Supreme Court. He then served as a court law clerk and civil motions attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, working for a time as a clerk in chambers for the Hon. Arthur L. Alarcon.

Mr. Ruiz is licensed in CA.