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Walmart compliance honcho nominated to federal bench

The Senior Director for Global Anti-Corruption Compliance at Walmart Inc. was nominated by President Trump Monday to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Lee Rudofsky, pictured left, previously served as Assistant General Counsel for Corporate and Government Affairs at Walmart.

Between his stints at the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer, Rudofsky was the Solicitor General of Arkansas. 

He started his career in the DC office of Kirkland & Ellis as part of the Litigation & Appeals group.

He also worked in several political campaigns, including as Deputy General Counsel to Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign.

Last month Walmart Inc. agreed to pay the DOJ and SEC $282.7 million to settle allegations that it violated the FCPA by paying an intermediary in Brazil and having weak anti-corruption internal controls in Brazil, China, India, and Mexico.

Rudofsky holds a law degree from Harvard and an undergraduate degree from Cornell. After law school he clerked for Justice Robert Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of the Ninth Circuit.

Nominations to the federal bench require confirmation (advice and consent) of the United States Senate.


Richard L. Cassin is editor at large of the FCPA Blog.

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