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Donald Ridings
Donald J. Ridings Jr.
Washington +1 202 662 5357 Download V-card

Don Ridings is a litigator whose practice focuses on international arbitration, complex civil litigation, and anti-corruption compliance.

As co-chair of the firm’s Anti-Corruption Practice Group, Mr. Ridings advises clients on a range of compliance issues arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery regimes.  He counsels clients on proposed transactions, guides companies as they develop or strengthen their anti-corruption compliance programs and controls, develops and delivers tailored training programs, leads internal investigations, and represents clients before enforcement authorities.  Over the past decade he has advised scores of companies and organizations from around the world representing nearly every major industry.

Litigation and Arbitration

  • Represents a leading global pharmaceutical company in federal and state class actions and parallel government investigations arising from disputed sales and pricing practices.
  • Successful representation of Kyocera Corporation in ICC arbitration, securing an unusual summary adjudication award that was affirmed by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
  • Secured international arbitral award in favor of Fortune 50 company in a dispute with a former distributor.


  • Led risk assessments and developed global anti-corruption compliance programs for companies across a range of business sectors including agriculture, automotive, consulting, finance, life sciences, manufacturing, natural resources, and technology.
  • Led the Covington team that successfully obtained FCPA Opinion Procedure Release 10-02.

Pro Bono

  • First chaired successful arbitration against the federal government in a race discrimination case arising out of the Department of Agriculture’s farm credit lending practices.
  • Lead counsel in a Constitutional challenge to the medical conditions at a private prison operated under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Previous Experience

  • Management and Communication Trainer, Tokyo, Japan (1994-1996)
  • Legislative Aide to a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC (1991-1994)
  • Chambers Global, FCPA (2015-2017) 
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, FCPA (2012-2017)
  • Legal 500 US, International Trade (2016-2017)