William and Mary Law School
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"One of the things I love about my work is that I actually practice comparative law every day.  This is one of the things our clients come to us for.  There is a real need for lawyers who understand how differences in legal structure as well as substance in various countries impact everyday undertakings. 

My W&M professors, and especially the focus they maintained on providing us with practical information about practicing in the world of diverse legal traditions, prepared me for my career in ways that I believe are unique to the school."

Brooke D. Rodgers (2005)

Partner, Steinman & Rodgers LLP

Brooke Rodgers is a founding partner of Steinman & Rodgers LLP, a boutique firm in Washington D.C. that specializes in compliance and investigations related to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as other foreign and domestic laws and regulations that apply to U.S. corporations doing business abroad.  Her practice focuses on due diligence compliance requirements, and she has extensive experience designing and consulting on the implementation of due diligence policies and review procedures for corporations large and small. 

In addition to her anti-corruption work, Brooke regularly assists clients in writing contracts with intermediaries that comply with foreign law, designing lawful compensation structures in restrictive jurisdictions, settling disputes with intermediaries and negotiating settlements with former contracting partners.  Brooke is regularly called upon to conduct anti-corruption training for clients' marketing personnel, as well as their overseas intermediaries around the globe.

Brooke’s work has taken her on some interesting adventures in Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as to her clients’ manufacturing and business facilities across the United States.  She works with an extensive network of local counsel throughout the world in order to learn about local laws that will apply to her clients and their business transactions, wherever they go.  "One of the things that I love about my work is that I actually practice comparative law every day.  This is one of the things that our clients come to us for.  There is a real need for lawyers who understand how differences in legal structure as well as substance in various countries impact everyday undertakings."

While at William and Mary, Brooke took several courses in international and comparative law.  "My W&M professors, and especially the focus they maintained on providing us with practical information about practicing in the world of diverse legal traditions, prepared me for my career in ways that I believe are unique to the school."  With her partner, Brooke teaches a practicum course in International Negotiations at George Washington University Law School in Washington D. C.  "I hope that we convey the same value for and understanding of the importance of comparative law to our students that I gained from my classes and professors at W&M."