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Dechert LLP
One Bush Street
Suite 1600
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104-4446
United States
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Hartley M.K. West is an accomplished litigator and trial lawyer with extensive experience advising on high-stakes government enforcement defense and asset forfeiture matters, often involving a connection between Asia-Pacific and the United States. Ms. West frequently advises corporations and executives facing investigations into alleged violations of antitrust, fraud, corruption, trade secret and money laundering laws.

From 2002 to 2017, Ms. West served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, including as Deputy Chief of its Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud Section. She also clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. West served as a partner at another international law firm.


  • Women in Investigations Network, Co-Founder, Co-Chair
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Northern California Chapter, Secretary
  • Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Chair (2017- 2019), Vice Chair (2013-2017)
  • Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California Chapter, Executive Committee
  • American Bar Association, White Collar Section, Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Criminal Justice Section, Executive Committee
  • California Women Lawyers, Member


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), B.S.
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (honors)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The globally integrated trial, investigations and securities team at Dechert LLP has considerable experience in cross-border investigations and often leans on support from its international network when assisting multinational clients. Its deep bench includes former regulators and prosecutors, and the team is led by New York’s David N Kelley and Chicago’s David Kistenbroker. Kelly is recommended for white-collar crime, commercial litigation and federal securities matters, while Andrew Levander, who is also based in New York, is recommended for securities enforcement and regulation, specializing in the asset management industry. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Hartley West and Richard Horvath in San Francisco, who joined from Kobre & Kim and Paul Hastings LLP, respectively. Brenda Sharton and Karen Neuman both joined from Goodwin in Boston and Washington DC, respectively. Other team changes include the arrival of Steven Engel in Washington DC from the DOJ and Michael Gilbert‘s departure from the firm in June 2021.

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

Dechert LLP‘s trials, investigations and securities disputes team has broad experience acting for corporations, creditor groups, sovereign states investment funds and other financial institutions in cross-border disputes. Hector Gonzalez , who combines expertise in securities disputes, criminal and SEC and CFTC enforcement proceedings in New York and Washington DC-based general commercial litigator Christina Sarchio lead the team alongside Kimberly Branscome in Los Angeles, who has product liability, environmental and toxic tort and securities litigation expertise. In August 2021, the group strengthened its West Coast practice with the additions of Hartley West, who specializes in government enforcement defense and asset forfeitures, and corporate governance and securities litigator Richard Horvath from Kobre & Kim and Paul Hastings LLP respectively. Other additions include Steven Engel, who joined in Washington DC from the Department of Justice in May 2021, and Philadelphia-based Clare Putnam Pozos, former First Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in January 2022.