Caitlin Potratz

Caitlin Potratz Metcalf

Senior U.S. Associate, CIPP/US, Frankfurt and Washington D.C.


Professional experience 

Education and Qualifications


Caitlin is a senior associate in Linklaters’ Global Investigations and White Collar Defense practice. She focuses on cross-border regulatory compliance relating to internal and government investigations, white collar defense, and crisis management, including cybersecurity, privacy and data protection. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has designated Caitlin as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

She represents corporations, financial institutions, corporate executives, and individuals in sensitive matters involving U.S. data protection, data privacy and cybersecurity, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), bribery and corruption, money laundering, economic and trade sanctions, business crime, financial fraud, federal securities laws, good governance and ineffective internal controls and complex commercial litigation. She also has experience defending against False Claims Act investigations, and has advised clients on developing and implementing corporate compliance programs and conducting pre and post-transaction due diligence. Caitlin regularly interacts with a variety of U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as foreign regulators. Additionally, she has significant experience advising on compliance matters, disputes and transactions in Latin America and Spain and is proficient in Spanish.

Caitlin prioritizes pro bono work and is active in the local community. As amicus curiae counsel, she represents the American Jewish Committee (AJC) before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in cases involving important constitutional issues, such as the protection of religious freedom and limits on Presidential power. Recently, Caitlin was recognized by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice for her excellence in public service working with the non-profit, Transparency International, to combat corruption. She is a volunteer running and triathlon coach for the YMCA.

Work highlights:

Caitlin has represented corporate clients in a variety of significant white collar, civil and regulatory cases, including:

  • a major financial institution on crisis management and global asset recovery after a cyber incident
  • a defense company in an FCPA investigation involving improper bid protests and procurement fraud, which resulted in implementing a new global compliance program
  • multi-national companies, and their executives on matters concerning: cross-border data transfers, the CLOUD Act, the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Communications Decency Act, the Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, CAN-SPAM and Do Not Call Act, and related state laws.
  • a multi-national company on a compliance review of its acquisition and in negotiating and drafting additional representations and warranties in the share purchase agreement considering ongoing corruption investigations by multiple regulators in Brazil and other jurisdictions related to the Odebrecht scandal
  • Latin American companies on developing compliance programs to comply with new Argentine regulations
  • a prominent software company in a global internal accounting fraud investigation
  • a global mining company in federal securities class actions and Delaware appraisal actions following a major U.S. acquisition
  • a Latin American company on anti-corruption due diligence and developing its compliance program in advance of a US IPO
  • an Australian power company in liquidation as counsel in U.S. Chapter 15 bankruptcy and fraud-related litigation
  • ANZ Bank in proceedings to obtain discovery in aid of foreign arbitration that resulted in the Southern District of New York dismissing the case against our client
  • a Fortune 50 IT services company in a sensitive internal investigation and mediation of employment discrimination, breach of contract, and fraud disputes
  • a Swedish company in advising on no conflicts with U.S. data protection regulations related to a cross-border transfer of personal data outside the European Union following the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • a Japanese transportation company in advising on US data protection and drafting US data privacy policies
  • an international luxury retailer in advising on US marketing practices and data privacy

Professional experience 

Caitlin is a member of the prestigious Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court in Washington, D.C., whose members include federal judges, senior government attorneys at DOJ and SEC, and the top D.C. white collar defense lawyers.

Caitlin served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

She previously worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Public International Law & Policy Group on projects related to war crimes prosecutions and witness protection in Uganda, election monitoring and constitutional reform in Kosovo, and minority rights in Tanzania. For the 2010 Kosovar elections, she served as an independent election observer appointed by the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations. Caitlin also has experience working on the Hill from her time as a Security for a New Century fellow with congressional thinktank, The Henry L. Stimson Center, and interning for Congressman Lloyd Doggett.

Education and Qualifications

Caitlin earned a dual degree, cum laude, from American University, holding a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law and a Masters of Arts in International Politics from the School of International Service. She graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Government.

Caitlin is a member of the District of Columbia and New York State Bars, and she is admitted to the United States Supreme Court. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has designated Caitlin as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

She is proficient in Spanish and French.