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Anderson, K. McKenzie

K. McKenzie Anderson

Of Counsel
Direct Tel: +1 212-849-7000, Direct Fax: +1 212-849-7100
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100

McKenzie Anderson is a first chair trial lawyer with a practice focused on government investigations, white collar defense, and high stakes, complex commercial litigation.  Ms. Anderson is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s New York office.  She first joined the firm in 2008, and, after several years as a federal prosecutor, she rejoined the firm in 2022. 

Before rejoining the firm, Ms. Anderson was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma—a division of the United States Department of Justice—where she primarily investigated and prosecuted economic crimes, including government contracting fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, trade secret theft, and cyber intrusions.  Ms. Anderson tried numerous criminal defendants charged with white-collar criminal offenses—several of whom were corporate executives or officers—and argued appeals before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, including two affirmative appeals authorized by the United States Solicitor General.  In connection with an investigation and prosecution of executives at a failed FDIC-insured bank, the United States Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency awarded Ms. Anderson the national Investigations Award for Excellence.

Ms. Anderson also served as the International Coordinator and handled extraditions and other international proceedings for the district.  As Human Trafficking Coordinator, Ms. Anderson was an instructor for the Department of Justice and sought to refine the Department’s approach to target the demand side of child sex trafficking—buyers—with the goal of shrinking the market and providing avenues for child victims to recover restitution. In recognition of her work, Ms. Anderson won the award for the Outstanding Contribution to the Fight Against Human Trafficking from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.  Ms. Anderson also prosecuted Indian Country cases and firearms cases connected to domestic violence.

In private practice at the firm, Ms. Anderson has litigated complex cases involving financial instruments, bankruptcy, multi-district consumer class actions, health care, the False Claims Act, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, high net worth individuals, and private companies.  Ms. Anderson represented Access Industries in defeating a fraudulent transfer and preference action in which a post-bankruptcy litigation trust sought more than $3 billion and was awarded a mere $12 million (about .4%) on one of its multiple claims.  Ms. Anderson also represented the Refco trustee in the creditors’ recovery against financial institutions, auditors, and other professionals.

  • University of Chicago Law School
    (J.D., 2007)
    • Edwin F. Mandel Appellate Advocacy Clinic, 2006-2007
  • Emory University
    (B.A., Economics, Russian, summa cum laude, 2002)
  • Member, The State Bar of New York
  • Member, The State Bar of Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Tenth Circuit 
  • United States District Court:
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Western District of Oklahoma 
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Oklahoma:
    • Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division, 2014-2021
    • International Coordinator, 2017–2021
    • Human Trafficking Coordinator, February 2018–2021
  • Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailed & Tippens, P.C.:
    • Partner, Recruiting Director, Diversity & Inclusion Chair, 2013-2014
    • Associate, 2011-2012
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP:
    • Associate, 2008-2011
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Barbara M. G. Lynn:
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2007-2008


  • Oklahoma’s 2019 Outstanding Contribution to the Fight Against Human Trafficking Award from the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force
  • National 2017 Investigations Award for Excellence, from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Human Trafficking for Homeland Security Investigations, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma June 25, 2021
  • National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation, Nationwide Virtual June 15, 2021
  • United States Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina March 3-5, 2020
  • 2019 Midwest Vice Summit, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma December 4, 2019
  • Federal Bar Association – Oklahoma Bar Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma December 27, 2018
  • Human Trafficking in Indian Country, Ponca City, Oklahoma August 24, 2018
  • Oklahoma Association of School Resource Officers Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma June 19, 2018
  • Oklahoma Attorney General’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma April 25, 2018
  • DOJ Human Trafficking Training for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement, Oklahoma City and Lawton, Oklahoma April 10-13, 2018
  • United States Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina January 8-12, 2018
  • Board of Bar Examiners for the State of Oklahoma: Associate Bar Examiner, 2012-2017