Karl Procaccini investigates corruption and fraud, manages global compliance matters, and litigates disputes across the country.

Karl conducts investigations and due diligence related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws, and he advises clients in their interactions with relevant government agencies and regulatory bodies. Clients appreciate his straightforward approach and ability to build trust and relationships during an investigation. Even before investigations are necessary, clients call on Karl to help them prevent costly and disruptive missteps by designing and implementing practical and effective anti-corruption compliance programs. In recognition of his expertise, Karl has been repeatedly invited to teach law school courses on anti-corruption law and compliance.

Karl also advocates for clients in lawsuits throughout the United States. Clients trust Karl to develop effective and creative legal and business strategies, allowing them to achieve their goals while minimizing costs. Karl’s experience in trial and appellate courts enables him to help his clients navigate all stages of litigation. He also brings to bear his international education and experience in advising clients involved in cross-border and overseas disputes.


 

Representative Experience

ANTI-CORRUPTION, INVESTIGATIONS, AND WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE

  • Karl regularly advises companies on anti-corruption compliance policies and programs, including implementation of third-party due diligence and monitoring; development of gift, travel, and entertainment policies; anti-corruption training; and pre- and post-acquisition due diligence and remediation. For over four years, Karl has worked closely with in-house legal and compliance personnel at a Fortune 500 company to design, implement, and enhance practical and effective anti-corruption policies and procedures.
  • Karl has managed sensitive internal investigations in multiple jurisdictions, including Angola, Brazil, China, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. One such investigation culminated in a “double declination” to prosecute by both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  • Karl has also represented clients in criminal and regulatory enforcement proceedings brought by various other government agencies, including the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

BUSINESS LITIGATION

  • Karl routinely represents businesses in disputes across the country. He and Larry Shapiro recently obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against unauthorized domain name registrants under the federal Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). In another recent case, Karl and Bob Gilbertson defeated a motion for a temporary injunction brought by a former sales representative of a large automation and control products manufacturer. 
  • Karl has successfully represented numerous closely-held companies (and their owners) in shareholder, employment, and other disputes in state and federal court proceedings.

APPELLATE

  • Karl enjoys working with clients seeking to reverse or protect trial court decisions on appeal. Recently, he successfully briefed and argued a case upholding Minnesota’s prohibition of false political endorsement claims. He has also co-authored amicus curiae briefs in cases before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Admissions

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

Professional & Community Affiliations

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of International Law
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • International Business Law Institute Planning Committee (2013-present)
    • International Business Law Section Governing Council (2014-present)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 

  • American Constitution Society
    • Harvard Law School Student Chapter Board (2008-2009)
    • National Conference Host Committee (2012)
    • Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter
      • President (2013-2017)
      • Board Member (2012-Present)
  • DFL Lawyers Committee, Steering Committee (2015-present)
    • Secretary (2015-present)
  • The Advocates for Human Rights, Volunteer Attorney
  • Federal Bar Association Pro Se Project, Volunteer Attorney

Thought Leadership

PUBLICATIONS

  • Managing Attorney-Client and Work Product Privileges During (and After) the Investigation, Handling Internal Investigations: Best Practices for Investigating Alleged Fraud, Bribery, Regulatory Noncompliance, and Other Types of Corporate Wrongdoing, Minnesota CLE (2017)
  • Constructing the Right “Not to Be Made a Refugee” at the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights, 22 Harvard Human Rights Journal 271 (2009)

TEACHING AND LECTURING

Teaching

  • Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law, International Anti-Corruption Law, Practice, and Compliance (Fall 2017)

  • Assistant Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Business Regulation and Compliance (Fall 2014)

Lecturing

  • Corruption and Political Upheaval, International Legal Issues in Politically Risky Times – The 42nd Annual International Business Law Institute, Panelist (April 19, 2018)
  • In-house Counsel in the Crosshairs of a Government Investigation, Fourth Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Minnesota State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, Moderator (March 9, 2018)
  • Managing Attorney-Client and Work Product Privileges During (and After) the Investigation, 2017 Health Law Institute, Minnesota CLE (June 15, 2017)
  • FCPA Updates: The Yates Memo, Pilot Program, and Recent Developments, Developments in International Law Practice Under the New Administration –The 41st Annual International Business Law Institute, Panelist (May 18, 2017)
  • Beyond the FCPA: Developments in Foreign Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Legislation, Developments in International Law Practice Under the New Administration –The 41st Annual International Business Law Institute, Moderator (May 18, 2017)
  • The Supreme Court Term in Preview, Eighth Circuit Bar Association, Panelist (October 19, 2016)
  • Investigation Mechanics, Conducting Effective Internal Investigations: Current Trends, Key Insights and Best Practices, Minnesota CLE, Panelist (August 3, 2016)
  • Best Practices for Large Corporations: Compliance Programs and Investigations, Navigating the Global Regulatory Maze: A Practical Approach to Compliance–The 39th Annual International Business Law Institute, Panelist (April 30, 2015)

Recognition

  • Selected to Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2015-2017)
  • Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2013-2016)
  • Writing Center Fellow, The American University in Cairo
  • Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, Harvard College
  • James Gordon Bennett Prize, Harvard College
  • John Peterson Elder Prize, Harvard College
  • John Kenneth Galbraith Scholar, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Practice Areas


Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, magna cum laude (2010); Harvard Human Rights Journal, Executive Editor, Selections Editor, Technical Editor

LL.M., The American University in Cairo, International and Comparative Law (2007)

A.B., Harvard College, Social Studies, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2005)


Experience

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, The Honorable Chief Judge Michael J. Davis, Law Clerk (2011-2012)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, The Honorable Diana E. Murphy, Law Clerk (2010-2011)