Kara Novaco Brockmeyer is a litigation partner based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense and Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions Groups.

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2017, Ms. Brockmeyer served as the Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit and directed a nationwide team of attorneys and forensic accountants investigating violations of the FCPA, including anti-bribery, books and records, and internal controls provisions of the federal securities laws.

During her tenure as chief of the unit, she oversaw many of the agency’s largest and most complex FCPA investigations, and under her leadership, the SEC increased its coordination with other countries to reach global settlement resolutions. She was also one of the principal authors of the SEC-DOJ Resource Guide to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which is widely considered the definitive government-issued guide on the FCPA.

Ms. Brockmeyer’s expertise extends well beyond the FCPA. Over a seventeen-year career at the SEC, including five years as an assistant director, she has led and personally conducted major investigations in all areas of SEC enforcement, including financial reporting, broker-dealer and investment adviser violations, and insider trading. She was also the founder and co-head of the division’s Cross–Border Working Group, an interdisciplinary group focused on addressing accounting fraud by companies based overseas.

Before joining the SEC in 2000, Ms. Brockmeyer was in private practice in Chicago, primarily focused on securities and complex commercial litigation.

Ms. Brockmeyer earned her J.D. in 1992 from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, where she was also Note Editor of the Michigan Law Review. She received her B.A. from Williams College, cum laude, in 1989.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • Williams College, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
Not Admitted in Washington, D.C. / Practice Supervised by Members of the Firm