Beth Forsythe
PEOPLE

Beth Forsythe

Partner
forsythe.beth@dorsey.com

Overview

BETH ADVISES AND REPRESENTS FIRMS AND INDIVIDUALS IN THEIR MOST SENSITIVE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL MATTERS. FROM FCPA INVESTIGATIONS TO COMPLEX COMMERCIAL DISPUTES, CLIENTS TRUST BETH TO APPLY GOOD JUDGMENT AND PURSUE THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME FOR THEM.
In her white collar and corporate investigations practice, Beth plans and conducts effective internal investigations and represents those under investigation by federal or state authorities for securities fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, public corruption, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") violations. Beth also routinely provides anti-corruption/FCPA due diligence and compliance advisory services, including program development, board presentations, and employee training. Beth’s approach to investigations is to quickly and accurately define the scope of the issue; her goal is to help clients fully resolve the issue at hand without wasting their resources. In her civil practice, Beth draws on her background as a certified public accountant (her license is on inactive status) to help clients resolve matters involving complex accounting, securities, and other financial issues.

Education & Admissions

University of St. Thomas School of Law (J.D., 2006), magna cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, University of St. Thomas Law Journal

Drake University (B.S., Accounting, 2000), cum laude

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, The Honorable Diana E. Murphy

Experience

Representative Experience

  • Represented a safety equipment company in a DOJ FCPA investigation involving its operations in Mexico, which DOJ closed without assessing penalties or fines, and without public disclosure of the investigation.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a wellness company with respect to transactions involving potential FCPA violations in Italy, Russia, and former Soviet Republic countries.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a professional consulting company with respect to a transaction involving a potential FCPA violation in Qatar.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of the audit committee of a public technology manufacturing company with respect to transactions involving possible bribery in Singapore and Taiwan.
  • Advised a U.S. company with operations in China regarding potential legal implications of transactions involving possible commercial bribery.
  • Routinely conduct FCPA due diligence investigations for M&A clients in advance of transaction closing.
  • Routinely conduct FCPA training, e.g., trained over 100 international sales staff of an aircraft company on FCPA principles and developments.
  • Routinely review anti-corruption provisions in contracts for goods and services.
  • Routinely provide compliance consulting services, including risk assessments, and review and development of anti-corruption policies and procedures.
  • Represented durable medical equipment company in a DOJ health care fraud investigation.
  • Represented a member of Congress in a DOJ investigation and House ethics probe.
  • Represented major financial institution against claims arising from $200 million Ponzi scheme.
  • Second-chaired trial in which client successfully claimed that a private equity firm underpaid by millions of dollars for the client’s subsidiary; dispute centered on the accounting methods and judgments used to determine post-sale purchase price adjustments.

News & Resources

Articles

A Clerk’s Tribute to Eighth Circuit Judge Diana E. Murphy
Best Practices in the Era of Outside Investigations: Is Your Organization Ready?
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - August 2016
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - July 2016
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - June 2016
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - May 2016
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2016
DOJ Announces One-Year FCPA Enforcement Pilot Program
Anti-Corruption Digest - March 2016
Anti-Corruption Digest - February 2016
Anti-Corruption Digest - January 2016
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - December 2015
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - November 2015
DOJ, SEC Change “Cooperation Credit” Process, Add Resources to Fight Corruption
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - October 2015
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - September 2015
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - August 2015
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - July 2015
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - June 2015
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - May 2015
Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2015
SEC Fines KBR $130,000 for Using Employee Confidentiality Agreement that Violates Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections
Anti-Corruption Digest - March 2015
Anti-Corruption Digest - February 2015
Anti-Corruption Digest - January 2015

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Legal Writings

  • U.S. Editor, Dorsey’s Anti-Corruption Digest
  • Editor, Dorsey’s FCA Now Blog

Select Presentations

  • Panelist, Investigations and Whistleblowing: How to Proceed When an Investigation Reveals Criminal Conduct or Other Improprieties, Dorsey Labor & Employment Conference (2015)
  • Moderator and Conference Organizer, Dorsey Anti-Corruption Conference (2015)
  • Panelist, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Panel, Dorsey Import-Export Conference (2013)

Industries & Practices

Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Anti-Corruption Group
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Mining
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, University of St. Thomas School of Law Alumni Advisory Board
  • Board co-chair, Connections to Independence

Accolades

  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2016-2018

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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2012-2015
Beth Forsythe