Nicholas Acker

Nicholas S Acker joined the fraud section's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit in April 2010.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1984 and his law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1988.

Between college and law school, Acker worked as a product engineer for General Motors from August 1984 to August 1985. After finishing law school at the George Washington University Law School, Acker clerked for US District Judge Alfred M Wolin in New Jersey from September 1988 to September 1989.

His only stint at a private law firm took place from October 1989 to March 1995 when he was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton. He left private practice to join the Justice Department, serving as an assistant US attorney in Newark, New Jersey, from 1995 to 2002.

Acker left New Jersey to become a DOJ attaché in the US embassy in Rome, a position in which he served from 2002 to 2006. He also worked as regional director of overseas prosecutorial development, assistance and training for DOJ in Central and Eastern Europe from 2006 to 2010.

He then returned to the US to become a trial attorney in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit of the criminal division's fraud section at DOJ headquarters. He was on detail to the fraud section for a time, but later became permanent.

Acker worked to wrap up loose ends on an FCPA case against Flowserve Pompes, the French subsidiary of US-based Flowserve, a maker of oil refinery equipment.

Flowserve agreed to pay a US$4 million penalty in 2008 to resolve criminal foreign bribery allegations related to the United Nation's oil-for-food programme in Iraq and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement. Acker filed the motion to dismiss in 2011 after Flowserve improved its compliance programme.

Acker also filed an amendment to Daimler's deferred prosecution agreement that extended the term of the DPA by nine months. The DOJ-requested extension suggested German carmaker Daimler hadn't fully satisfied the department on its compliance.

According to his Linkedin page, he is still at the DOJ working as a senior trial attorney.

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