Mythili Raman

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  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1994
    • with honors 
    • D. Francis Bustin Prize for excellent paper that makes a contribution to the improvement of government
    • Casper Platt Award for excellence in writing
  • Yale University, B.A., 1991
    • summa cum laude
    • President’s Award for community service
    • Herbert and Jean Cahoon Prize for community service

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

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.

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.

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

  • Named by Ethisphere as one of the “2013 Attorneys Who Matter” (“Government Stars” category)
  • Barrister, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
  • Recipient of Edmund J. Randoph Award, the U.S. Department of Justice’s highest award
  • Recipient of Director’s Award for prosecution of human trafficking cases

Publications and Speeches

  • Keynote Address, DRI Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Conference, Washington, D.C., July 24, 2014
  • The Rise of Domestic Bribery: Former Prosecutors Share Views on How Cases Are Built and Their Impact on Companies, American Conference Institute’s FCPA Boot Camp, Chicago, Illinois, June 25, 2014
  • Keynote Session, American Leaders Anti-Corruption Compliance in Practice, Washington, D.C., April 8, 2014
  • Individual Liability: Appropriate Form, Scope, and Reach, Conference on Deterring Corporate Crime: Effective Principles for Corporate Enforcement, New York, New York, April 4, 2014
  • Keynote Address, Global Anti-Corruption Congress, Washington, D.C., March 20, 2014
  • Privacy in the Digital Age: Preventing Data Breaches and Combating Cybercrime, Testimony before the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, February 4, 2014
  • Keynote Address, The State of the Net Conference, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C., January 28, 2014
  • Beyond Silk Road: Potential Risks, Threats and Promises of Virtual Currencies, Testimony before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, November 18, 2013
  • The Year in Review, American Bar Association’s National Institute on Securities Fraud, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 24, 2013
  • Keynote Address, Current Challenges and Strategies in the Fight Against Transnational Crime, National Association of Attorneys General 3rd International Association of Prosecutors North American and Caribbean Regional Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, August 8, 2013
  • Keynote Address, Global Anti-Corruption Congress, Washington, D.C., June 18, 2013
  • Who Is Too Big to Fail: Are Large Financial Institutions Immune from Federal Prosecution?, Testimony before the Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, U.S. House of Representatives, May 22, 2013
  • Keynote Address, Corporate Crime in the Age of Deferred Prosecutions, Consent Decrees, Whistleblowers and Monitors, Corporate Crime Reporter Conference, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., May 3, 2013
  • Current Issues in Campaign Finance Law Enforcement, Testimony before the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, U.S. Senate, April 9, 2013
  • Federal Drug Sentencing Policy, University of Baltimore Law School, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2, 2013
  • Search and Seizure in the 21st Century: Developments in the 50 Years Since Mapp v. Ohio, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Carlsbad, California, August 17, 2011
  • Brady and the Failure to Disclose Exculpatory Evidence, American Bar Association’s 14th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, Miami, Florida, February 26, 2010
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