B.S., St. John's University; J.D., St. John's University
Kathleen is a partner/principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s (EY) Forensic & Integrity Services practice, and a former U.S. federal and state prosecutor with over 25 years of investigative, litigation and trial experience with expertise in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations; securities and financial fraud; and governmental program fraud, including healthcare and procurement fraud. Before joining EY, Professor McGovern was the Senior Deputy Chief in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, Fraud Section. In that position, she supervised over 150 attorneys in investigating and prosecuting complex international and domestic white-collar crime cases against entities and individuals across various industries, sectors and economies. She personally handled numerous multi-jurisdictional and cross-border investigations involving the use of data analytics to identify, investigate and prosecute sophisticated fraud schemes. Professor McGovern has extensive federal criminal trial experience in district courts around the country, including the successful prosecution and convictions of the former CEO and senior executives of National Century Financial Enterprises for perpetrating a $2.9 billion securities fraud scheme; and the successful prosecution and convictions of the former CEO and executives at Fair Financial Company for executing a $200 million securities fraud scheme. Professor McGovern served also as DOJ’s representative to the U.S. delegation on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Working Group on Bribery and Corruption, where she was responsible for representing the United States’ views in enforcing the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention. She was responsible for hiring DOJ’s first Compliance Counsel, and was involved in the development and implementation of DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program (now called the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy). Prior to joining DOJ, Professor McGovern was a state prosecutor in New York for eleven years, where she tried over 45 cases, and handled white collar and violent crime prosecutions. She graduated from St. John’s University with a B.S. in Accounting, where she was a member of the President’s Society (the highest honor bestowed on an undergraduate), and received her law degree from St. John’s Law School, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and on its Nationals Team. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the St. John’s Tobin College of Business.