Samer Korkor

UPDATE: Korkor left the DOJ in May 2019 to become an associate professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia.

Samer Korkor is a one of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit’s newest additions. He joined the unit in September 2017, according to his LinkedIn.

Korkor’s legal career began at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in Washington, DC, where he worked for five and a half years as an associate in the firm’s antitrust and white-collar defence and investigations practice groups.

In 2015, Korkor left Cadwalader to join the US Department of Justice’s criminal division. His first job at the DOJ was as a trial attorney in the office of international affairs, which handles international evidence gathering and the extradition of fugitives for other DOJ components – including the FCPA unit.

More recently, Korkor has held positions in the criminal division’s front office. First, he served as counsel to Bruce Swartz, a deputy assistant attorney general and counsellor on international affairs. In January, he began serving as counsel to acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco. In that position, he also provided support to Trevor McFadden, who served for a brief stint as the deputy assistant attorney general overseeing the fraud section and the FCPA unit. McFadden left the DOJ after he was confirmed to the DC federal bench in October.

Korkor received his law degree from Washington University in St Louis, and his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After law school, he clerked for former District Court Judge David Katz in the Northern District of Ohio.

Prior to attending law school, Korkor received a master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western and was a Fulbright scholar in Damascus, Syria, where he lectured at universities and conducted research on issues in bioethics. He was also a law clerk at the National Institutes of Health and a fellow at the World Health Organization and the Hastings Center.

Korkor is an adjunct professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, where he teaches classes on federal courts and professional responsibility.

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