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  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1979
  • Princeton University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1976, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia

Erik L. Kitchen

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8132
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Erik Kitchen is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where he is a member of the Litigation Department.  He has a broad range of experience defending clients in government investigations and proceedings, and conducting internal investigations on behalf of clients.

White-Collar Criminal Defense
Mr. Kitchen has extensive experience representing senior corporate management, senior public officials, investment bank and hedge fund principals, and other individuals and entities in government investigations and proceedings in a variety of contexts, including Department of Justice investigations and prosecutions and SEC enforcement proceedings.  In recent years, Mr. Kitchen has represented clients in proceedings involving allegations of accounting and securities fraud, false statements to the government, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and insider trading.

Internal Investigations
Mr. Kitchen has conducted internal investigations for corporations on a wide range of issues, including alleged violations of the FCPA, alleged corporate fraud, compliance with contract obligations, and other alleged improper conduct by corporate officers.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Mr. Kitchen has conducted internal investigations regarding FCPA issues in a variety of industries and with respect to operations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.  Mr. Kitchen also counsels clients on FCPA issues and represents clients in government investigations of alleged FCPA violations. 


  • Legal 500 US, Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2012-2017
  • Worked in the Office of Legal Policy at the US Department of Justice (1983-84)  

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