Kendra Wharton is an associate in Cadwalader's White Collar Defense and Investigations Group and Crisis Management and Congressional Investigations Practice. Her practice focuses on representing companies and financial institutions, as well as their officers and directors, in a wide range of criminal, civil and congressional investigations. She has extensive experience representing clients in connection with investigations focused on alleged violations of the federal securities laws, the federal mail and wire fraud statutes, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the federal money laundering and asset forfeiture laws. Her practice frequently requires her to communicate with and advocate for clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys' Offices and Offices of Inspectors General. Kendra also has experience managing corporate internal investigations and compliance initiatives. Prior to practicing law, Kendra was a legislative aide for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, covering banking and financial services among other issues.
Kendra received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and her B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Louisville. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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.