Kira Whitacre is a litigation associate resident in Fried Frank's New York office. Ms. Whitacre's practice includes white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement, antitrust and competition defense, and complex real estate disputes. Ms. Whitacre has represented individuals and entities in connection with investigations by the United States Attorney's Office, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and in state and federal court proceedings. She is currently on secondment with a Firm client.
Ms. Whitacre was recently featured in The AM Law Litigation Daily's “Litigator of the Week,” which covered the Firm's victory on behalf of client, William Tirrell.
Ms. Whitacre maintains an active pro bono practice. She previously served as Fried Frank's extern at Her Justice, a not-for-profit organization that provides free legal advocacy to low-income women in family law and immigration proceedings throughout New York City. During that time, she was lead counsel in complex litigated divorce, support, protection, and child custody actions, and worked on the landmark case, Alice M. v. Terrence T., 2015 NY Slip Op 51913, which set favorable precedent for survivors of domestic violence under New York's equitable distribution law. Ms. Whitacre represents asylum applicants through Immigration Equality, a national LGBTQ immigrant rights organization, and is part of a team of Fried Frank lawyers who are serving women who were involuntarily separated from their children and detained in Dilley, Texas. Ms. Whitacre also represents clients in federal impact litigation to promote reproductive freedom and environmental protection.
Ms. Whitacre co-chairs the Junior Advisory Board of Her Justice. She also serves on Fried Frank's Associates Committee and Women's Forum Planning Committee, and in 2017 spearheaded Fried Frank's partnership with City Harvest to promote food rescue at the Firm.
Prior to joining Fried Frank, Ms. Whitacre served as a law clerk in the Trial Unit of the New York Regional Office of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. She also worked as a law clerk at the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Executive Office of the North Carolina Office of the Attorney General. Before attending law school, Ms. Whitacre worked as a Democratic staffer during the 2008 presidential campaign and lobbied on behalf of clients in state legislatures and local municipalities in more than ten states.
Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions
New York; Southern District of New York; Eastern District of New York; US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit