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 Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Matt Stankiewicz

Matt Stankiewicz

Senior Associate

MATT STANKIEWICZ, Senior Associate, specializes in corporate compliance and ethics, with considerable experience advising Fortune 500 corporations in compliance best practices to help navigate their specific risk profiles.  Matt is also experienced in various white-collar matters, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, OFAC Sanctions compliance, data privacy, antitrust enforcement, and more.  In addition, Matt has also served on a corporate monitorship team appointed by the DOJ and EPA to oversee criminal and debarment settlement agreements for a Fortune 10 corporation.

Matt is licensed in New York and New Jersey.

Jessica Sanderson

Jessica Sanderson

Of Counsel

JESSICA SANDERSON, Of Counsel, has more than 20 years of legal experience, including in complex civil litigation, white-collar defense and regulatory and securities enforcement under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), UK Bribery Act and False Claims Act. Jessica has considerable corporate compliance and ethics expertise, having designed, audited and strengthened corporate compliance programs. Jessica has a unique perspective on compliance programs having served in leadership roles on a team of lawyers supporting the compliance monitor in connection with the then-largest FCPA settlement ever and as in-house counsel for a multinational company operating under an external compliance monitorship.

Jessica is licensed in Colorado and New York.

Elizabeth Slim

Elizabeth Slim

Senior Consultant

ELIZABETH SLIM, Senior Consultant, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (“CAMS”) for 15 years with over 35 years specializing in bank operations, compliance, risk management and regulatory training at various community to mid-size financial institutions.  For the past 15 years, Slim is an experienced Bank Secrecy (“BSA”) and Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) Officer managing a team of analysts that conduct fraud and money laundering investigations.  She managed and had oversight responsibilities of the financial institution’s BSA program, BSA risk assessment, transaction monitoring, government reporting, sanctions program and training.

In 2009, Slim founded and serves as the co-chairperson of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (“ACAMS”) Southern California Chapter.  She also participates on the ACAMS Education Task Force and CAMS Advanced Audit Certification program.  She was the ACAMS recipient of the 2013 Al Gillum Volunteer of the Year Award.  Elizabeth has been an invited guest speaker at several national conferences on various topics related to anti-money laundering.

Noah Smith

Noah Smith

Associate

NOAH M. SMITH, Associate, has focused his career on criminal litigation. Prior to joining The Volkov Law Group, Noah handled white collar matters and expedited criminal trials as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Malachy E. Mannion at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Before his clerkship, Noah worked on regulatory compliance and ethics issues at the U.S. Department of Justice, and he assisted with internal investigations at the Library of Congress. Noah earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

Noah is licensed in New York.

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 California.