Kendra Wharton is an associate in Cadwalader's White Collar Defense and Investigations Group. Her practice focuses on representing public companies and financial institutions, as well as their officers and directors, in a wide range of criminal and civil investigations. She regularly represents clients in connection with investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Her representative matters have included investigations of alleged violations of the federal securities laws and the federal mail and wire fraud statutes, as well as the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act and the federal consumer financial laws.
Kendra also has extensive experience managing corporate internal investigations and compliance initiatives, as well as responses to congressional inquiries and requests for testimony. Prior to practicing law, Kendra was a legislative aide for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, covering banking and financial services among other issues.
Kendra was included in the first two annual editions (2021 & 2022) of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in recognition of her work in Criminal Defense: White-Collar. She is also a member of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) and the Washington, D.C. chapter.
Kendra received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and her B.S. from the University of Louisville. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.