Bret Campbell is principal and founder of Northstar Consulting LLC. At Northstar, Bret advises clients on corporate governance issues and on the implementation of compliance codes. He helps companies assess risks in their international operations, and counsels on the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and systems designed to prevent and detect potential violations of law. He provides training on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and related issues to his clients’ legal, compliance, and internal audit functions. 

Bret also consults on FCPA and regulatory compliance due diligence reviews in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and other complex corporate transactions. He has directed numerous global due diligence reviews of proposed investments and business combinations in industries and jurisdictions presenting significant risks of corruption and fraud. 

Before founding Northstar, Bret was a partner in the White Collar Defense and Investigations group of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and served in various management roles, including as co-managing partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office. At Cadwalader, he represented clients in a broad range of complex criminal, regulatory, and civil litigation matters involving international corruption and the FCPA, money laundering, and export controls, as well as securities, healthcare, accounting, and commercial fraud. He has extensive experience managing internal corporate investigations and cross-border criminal and regulatory matters, often in proceedings before the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to joining Cadwalader, Bret practiced in the Washington, DC offices of Clifford Chance LLP and Rogers & Wells LLP.   

While at Cadwalader, Bret was a co-founder and member of the firm’s Veterans Network Interest Group, served as a veteran mentor for the American Corporate Partners Veterans Mentor Project, and represented a World War II veteran in connection with the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium Program. He has also assisted in fundraising efforts for the Anne Arundel County chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, and supports volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in foster care. 

Bret received a B.A., with honors, in 1989 from Hobart College, and a J.D., cum laude, in 1994 from Vermont Law School. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, Oregon, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.