Brigida Benitez is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson and currently serves as President-Elect of the DC Bar Association, the second largest unified bar in the country. Ms. Benitez’s practice focuses on global dispute resolution, internal investigations and compliance matters. She advises clients on U.S. and international anti-corruption laws and regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and regulations of Multilateral Development Banks. Ms. Benitez is experienced representing clients in complex commercial disputes and business controversies, including litigation and arbitration, and internal corporate investigations.
Ms. Benitez was previously Chief of the Office of Institutional Integrity of the Inter-American Development Bank, heading the office responsible for investigating all potential fraud and corruption in IDB-financed activities, and implementing programs designed to detect and prevent fraud, as well as engaging in compliance activities and outreach on integrity-related issues. Ms. Benitez is fluent in Spanish and has worked extensively throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ms. Benitez has been cited by DC Super Lawyers for her work in civil litigation defense, and Hispanic Business magazine has named her a "Woman of the Year" and one of the "100 most influential U.S. Hispanics." She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches a course on international business litigation. Ms. Benitez is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia and a former National Vice President of the Hispanic National Bar Association. She earned her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Boston College Law Review.