Mythili Raman is a partner in our Washington, DC office who focuses on litigation and white collar defense and was most recently Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Her practice focuses on representing corporate entities and executives in a wide range of criminal and regulatory investigations, including matters involving allegations of federal fraud, securities, and money laundering violations; foreign bribery; environmental crime violations; and customs and import violations. She also regularly advises companies, including financial institutions, on compliance initiatives.
As Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division from 2013-2014, and before then, as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division from 2009-2013, Ms. Raman oversaw the work of more than 600 prosecutors and led the Justice Department’s national and international criminal law enforcement initiatives, including investigations of complex financial fraud and market manipulation; money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act violations, and financial sanctions violations; foreign and public corruption, including violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; health care fraud; intellectual property theft; and cybercrime. As head of the Criminal Division, Ms. Raman oversaw some of the largest global financial investigations conducted by the Justice Department, including of the alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates and benchmark interest rates. Ms. Raman has testified before both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on a variety of criminal enforcement issues, including financial fraud enforcement, cybercrime, campaign finance enforcement, and the Bank Secrecy Act as applied to virtual currencies. For her work as head of the Criminal Division, Ms. Raman received the Edmund J. Randolph Award in 2014 for outstanding service, the highest award that the Attorney General can bestow. Additionally, in 2014, after she left the Justice Department, Ms. Raman received the Henry E. Petersen Memorial Award, the highest award given by the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, for making lasting contributions to the Criminal Division.
Ms. Raman joined the Justice Department in 1996, where she served with distinction for nearly 18 years. Ms. Raman first served as a federal prosecutor both in the Criminal Division and at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland, where she did extensive trial and appellate work, trying approximately 25 jury trials and arguing several appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Additionally, at the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office, Ms. Raman held a variety of supervisory and leadership roles, including serving as the Appellate Chief and as the Chief of the Southern Division Branch Office. In 2006, Ms. Raman moved to the Justice Department's headquarters as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General. She later held a series of high-level leadership positions in the Criminal Division during the Bush and Obama administrations, including Acting Chief of Staff from 2008 to 2009, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2013, and Acting Assistant Attorney General from 2013 to 2014.
Following law school, Ms. Raman served as a law clerk to Judge Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and worked in private practice before joining the Justice Department.
Honors and Rankings
- Global Investigations Review, Women in Investigations (2015)
- Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2015)
- Recipient of Edmund J. Randolph Award, the U.S. Department of Justice’s highest award (2014)
- Recipient of Henry E. Petersen Memorial Award, the highest award given by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (2014)
- Washington Business Journal, Legal Champion (2014)
- Ethisphere Magazine, Attorneys Who Matter (“Government Star”) (2013)
- Barrister, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
- Recipient of numerous awards for her work at the Department of Justice, including the Director’s Award, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Award, and the Special Award of Honor from the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association
Publications and Speeches
- "Handling a Global Regulatory Investigation," SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society 2015 Annual Seminar, Phoenix, AZ (3/17/2015)
- "Negotiating Settlements, Compliance Presentations in Corruption Cases," American Bar Association’s 29th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, New Orleans, LA (3/5/2015)
- "Emerging Challenges in Bank Litigation and Enforcement," The Clearing House Annual Conference, New York, NY (11/20/2014)