Tracy Wilkison is a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Cybersecurity practice and is based in Los Angeles. Ms. Wilkison has more than 20 years of cybersecurity, national security, litigation, and consulting experience. She advises clients on their most complicated cybersecurity challenges, from readiness and gap assessments to regulation, enforcement, incident response, and complex cybersecurity investigations.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Wilkison served as the United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California (USAO-CDCA), following a career of over 22 years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA). As a U.S. Attorney, she was responsible for a territory of roughly 20 million people, the largest federal district in the nation. She oversaw 280 AUSAs, in addition to staff, for a total office size of more than 500 personnel. While U.S. Attorney, Ms. Wilkison supervised many of the most significant cyber-crime, public corruption, fraud, money laundering, and violent crime cases in the country.
Before being appointed to that role, Ms. Wilkison was the First Assistant United States Attorney, and as the second in command at the office, she provided support and guidance in all matters relating to the Criminal, Civil, National Security, and Tax divisions. She met regularly with Division and Section Chiefs to resolve case-related issues and develop policy, managed the investigative process forms used by criminal AUSAs, and coordinated with the United States District and Magistrate Judges.
Ms. Wilkison held several other positions at the USAO-CDCA throughout her tenure, including in the areas of Cyber and Intellectual Property, Deputy Chief of General Crimes and Complaints training the newest AUSAs, and International Narcotics, Money Laundering and Racketeering. During her time in the Cyber and Intellectual Property Section, she was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of computer-related crimes, such as unauthorized access of computers and extortion, as well as intellectual property crimes, such as importing and selling counterfeiting goods and the theft of trade secrets. In addition to assembling extremely complicated prosecutions that identified the persons behind computer attacks, she also served as a first-level responder to victim businesses to help coordinate with law enforcement and technical experts. With this experience, she frequently worked with companies to develop and exercise incident response plans and to educate their employees on best practices. She also served as the Ethics Officer and the Diversity Committee Co-Chair for six years.
Ms. Wilkison holds a B.A. degree in American History from the University of Maryland at College Park and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the USAO-CDCA, Ms. Wilkison worked as a litigation associate at Quinn Emanuel, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Franklin Van Antwerpen, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.