Allison Westfahl Kong

Allison Westfahl Kong joined the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit as a trial attorney in July 2016. She left the unit a year later in July 2017, to rejoin the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California as deputy chief of the general crimes section.

Westfahl Kong arrived at the FCPA unit after nearly four years as an assistant US attorney in the Central District of California.

Westfahl Kong served in 2010 as a law clerk for Jed Rakoff, a judge in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. She went on to clerk for Judge Robert Katzmann of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit between 2011 and 2012.

Westfahl Kong graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from Claremont McKenna College with a bachelors in mathematics and government. She has an interest in environmental and property law, serving during her undergraduate degree for three years on Claremont’s City Council as a commissioner focused on urban planning and community facility policies.

She went on to graduate from New York University Law school in 2010, working as a summer associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in Manhattan. While at NYU she won the annual student writing competition of the New York State Bar Association’s committee on animals and the law for her paper, “Improving the Protection of Species Endangered in the United States by Revising the Distinct Population Segment Policy.”

At NYU Law, Westfahl Kong was a Furman academic scholar and senior articles editor for the NYU Law Review. After graduating, she spent several months as a post-doctoral fellow at government think tank the Institute for Policy Integrity.

In 2011, she wrote the paper “Regulatory Change and Optimal Transition Relief” for the Northwestern University Law Review.

Her father is the author and critic Gary Westfahl, who has written for publications such as the Los Angeles Times.

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