Naana Frimpong > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Atlanta, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
ATLANTA, GA 30309-3450
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations


Partner; US Representative on the DLA Piper Africa Board


Naana is a former federal prosecutor and trial lawyer with over 17 years of experience conducting a broad array of investigations both in private practice and in the public sector. She has extensive experience defending companies and individuals in high-profile civil and criminal matters brought by a wide variety of prosecutors and regulators in the US and in countries all over the world as well as across a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, automotive manufacturing, nuclear construction, and private equity. Her practice includes white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations and government enforcement actions, including violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, compliance consulting, international arbitration, and international disputes. Although Naana’s practice is global in its reach, she has a particular focus on Africa.

Naana served for four years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago). During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, she served as lead counsel on dozens of felony investigations and prosecutions, including various financial fraud schemes and transnational narcotics trafficking matters. She presented and obtained federal grand jury indictments on dozens of cases and appeared in federal court for numerous legal and evidentiary hearings. She also successfully tried several financial fraud jury and bench trials to verdict and briefed and argued appeals before the US Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


DLA Piper’s Global Scholarships Program Board; Yale University President’s Council on International Activities; American Society of International Law; Leadership Council on Leadership Diversity, 2019 Fellow; Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Co-Chair of the Awards Committee; Yale University President’s Council on International Activities


LL.M., University of Torino and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute; J.D., Yale Law School; B.A., Amherst College

Lawyer Rankings

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

The white-collar, corporate crime and investigations department at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles high-profile DOJ and SEC investigations and enforcement matters across continents. The team is led by John Hillebrecht and Karl Buch, Philadelphia’s Courtney Saleski and Chicago’s Jonathan King. Hillebrecht is a veteran trial and appellate attorney, who is recommended for criminal and civil litigation and investigations. King specialises in white-collar crime, FCPA matters, compliance and internal investigations. The team saw a number of additions over 2021, including Naana Frimpong in Atlanta from King & Spalding LLP, and Austin Brown and Christian Ford in Washington DC from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and the DOJ, respectively. Matt Graves left to become the US Attorney for the District of Columbia. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.