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Annette K. Ebright

Partner
Charlotte | 704.335.9069
Fax | 704.334.4706
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Annette Ebright is a partner in Parker Poe's Charlotte office practicing in the areas of complex civil litigation, government investigations, white collar criminal defense, fintech, and criminal and regulatory compliance.

In her investigations practice, she conducts internal investigations for clients operating in highly regulated industries, both in the U.S. and abroad. She has significant experience in investigations related to U.S. export control laws, anti-corruption laws, banking laws and regulations, health care fraud (Stark and Anti-Kickback), firearms laws and regulations, immigration fraud, the False Claims Act, and various types of fraud.

Annette also frequently represents companies who are themselves the victims of crimes. She assists in investigating and seeking redress either in the civil court systems or through the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

In her compliance practice, she helps clients identify and assess potential exposure under  anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the U.K. Bribery Act, as well as anti-money laundering (AML), sanctions, and export control laws, including ITAR, EAR, Anti-Boycott, and OFAC. She also assists companies with voluntary disclosures, defends clients in related enforcement actions, and designs corporate compliance programs to minimize the risks associated with operating in an international environment. Additionally, she works with companies to identify other areas of compliance risk beyond export, AML, and anti-corruption compliance (such as employment, tax, environmental, antitrust, and health care compliance) and coordinates with other Parker Poe attorneys to create comprehensive, enterprise-wide compliance plans and provide compliance advice related to those other areas of regulation.

In Annette's complex civil litigation practice, she regularly represents clients in complicated contract disputes, shareholder disputes, and fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practices claims, often dealing with large e-discovery projects. She also defends companies in False Claims Act qui tam (whistleblower) cases.

She is admitted in North Carolina, the District of Columbia, the Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Representative Experience

  • Represented defense contractor in two-year multi-country FCPA investigation, successfully resolving the matter with “declination letter” from Department of Justice (no prosecution, no fines, no penalties).
  • Represented shareholder of closely held corporation in contentious shareholder dispute.
  • Represented defense contractor in comprehensive export enforcement action (ITAR and EAR) conducted by multiple federal agencies.
  • Advised defense manufacturer regarding export control violations and drafted voluntary disclosures.
  • Represented defense contractor in federal investigation into potential violations of the False Claims Act.
  • Conducted internal investigations into allegations of employee embezzlement, employee mismanagement and vendor fraud.
  • Advised multiple companies, including manufacturers and service providers, regarding export controls (ITAR, EAR, OFAC, Anti-Boycott) and FCPA compliance.
  • Managed several multimillion-document e-discovery projects involving complex civil claims and regulatory and criminal investigations.
  • Represented large electrical utility in multimillion-dollar federal arbitration action.
  • Represented international equipment manufacturer in dispute with first-tier supplier, involving employees and entities across the globe.
  • Led e-discovery and privilege review teams for Fortune 100 company coordinating responses to multiple regulatory investigations and shareholder lawsuits.

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Honors & Awards

  • Gressman-Pollitt Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy, 2005

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Women's White Collar Defense Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section; International Law & Practice Section
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Audit Committee
  • UNC Center for Banking and Finance, Board of Advisors