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Crystal Jezierski

Crystal Jezierski is a partner in the Compliance & Investigations practice group in Baker McKenzie´s Washington, DC office. She has 18 years of experience, including high-level government positions having served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the US Department of Justice and as Chief Counsel for Oversight and Investigations for the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. In these roles she provided strategic advice to top Justice Department officials and leading US Congress members on federal law enforcement priorities, congressional oversight of the Justice Department and other federal law enforcement agencies, and congressional investigations

The question of where a compliance department should reside within the corporate configuration is getting significant attention by companies and commentators alike. Indeed, news reports over the past year have underscored the trend of elevating Chief Compliance Officers (“CCOs”) in the company hierarchy, creating separation between compliance and legal within…