Most people wouldn’t recognize the name Katie Donnelly. They
would, however, recognize the
name of someone she worked
to bring to justice—Bernie
Donnelly was a member of a small,
dedicated team that investigated key
insider defendants in the case, leading
to the largest civil forfeiture in United
States history—$7.2 billion—that ultimately was redistributed to the victims.
“I am proud to have been an integral member of the global FTI Consulting team, providing investigative
support and forensic analysis to the
Bernie Madoff fraud investigation,”
she says. “I am also extremely proud
of my contributions to building a successful Cybersecurity practice at FTI.”
Katie Donnelly is a Managing Director in the Cybersecurity practice and
is based in Washington, D.C. She has
over 10 years of experience partnering
with clients to solve challenging, complex problems. At FTI Consulting, she
leads teams that handle a broad range of
cybersecurity matters, including complex cybersecurity investigations and
advanced cybersecurity assessments.
The wonderful teams that I have the
pleasure of working with on a daily ba-
sis [are what I enjoy most about con-
sulting],” she says. “Whether it is my
FTI team, client team or counsel team,
it’s the people that make the hard work
and long hours worthwhile.”
Donnelly has served on engagement
leadership teams for several promi-
nent Silicon Valley tech companies ad-
vising on matters spanning from class
action litigations to fraudulent activity
investigations, data compromises, and
privacy concerns, as well as analyses
of potential anticompetitive practices.
Her greatest professional achievement—besides Madoff—she says, is
being able to positively impact people’s careers and seeing teammates excel in the workplace, get promoted and
enjoy successful experiences at FTI.
In addition, she’s led the significant
growth in the FTI Cybersecurity practice since 2017, working with global
corporations, law firms and government agencies on some of the most
complex cybersecurity incidents and
challenges. “Working alongside some
of the leading experts in this field who
hail from the top levels of government,
law enforcement and private industry,
and helping organizations both respond to cyber incidents and proactively safeguard their operations and
assets has been extremely exciting,
interesting and professionally satisfying,” Donnelly says.
As far as being named a Women Leader, Donnelly says it is very special as it
gives her an opportunity to reflect on the
important people that have contributed
to her successes as a consultant (parents,
siblings, husband, friends, mentors, and
her amazing team members at FTI).
“The award opens new opportunities for
me to meet additional colleagues and
friends, and I look forward to getting
to know and learn from each of the
other award recipients,” she says.
What advice would you give
to a female consultant just
beginning her career?
“Never hesitate to ask questions or ask for advice.
Always be open and honest. Be a sponge and soak up
everything you hear and see. And lastly, emulate those
who you admire.”