Claudius Sokenu is SVP, Deputy General Counsel and Global Head of Litigation, Labor & Employment and Legal Operations at Cognizant. He has over 22 years of government, private practice and in-house legal experience. Prior to joining Cognizant in March 2020, Claudius served as Deputy General Counsel, Global Head of Ethics and Compliance, and Global Head of Litigation and Investigations at Andeavor, a Fortune 100 energy company.
Before Andeavor, Claudius was a Litigation Partner in the New York, Washington, DC, and London offices of three Am-Law 100 law firms: Shearman & Sterling, Arnold & Porter and Mayer Brown. At Mayer Brown, Claudius was the Practice Group Chair for the Securities Enforcement Group. Before private practice, he served on the Honors Program as a Staff Attorney and Senior Counsel with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement.
Claudius is widely recognized as a leading securities enforcement, white-collar, FCPA and commercial litigator, including by the National Bar Association, Corporate Law Section, as 2018 Corporate Lawyer of the Year; Chambers USA and Chambers Global for his investigative, regulatory and securities enforcement practice; a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation; Latin Lawyer 250 for White-Collar Crime and Compliance; a rising star by Ethisphere in “Attorneys Who Matter;” one of the Best FCPA Lawyers Outside the Beltway by Main Justice; and by Securities Law 360 as one of its 10 under 40.
Claudius was an Adjunct Professor of Securities Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught Securities Enforcement and Litigation. He earned his LL.B (with Upper Class Honors) from London South Bank University, an LL.M in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of London’s London School of Economics and King’s College London, and an LL.M in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center. He is currently a Board member of the SEC’s Historical Society.