Mythili Raman

Mythili Raman

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5929



  • The 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

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Mythili Raman is a leading criminal law practitioner, focusing on white collar defense and government investigations. She joined Covington after serving for 18 years at the Department of Justice in a variety of high-level leadership roles in several Administrations, including most recently as 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.

Representative Matters

  • Lead counsel to a Europe-based luxury goods holding company in connection with a DOJ investigation involving alleged criminal importation violations, resulting in a civil resolution and the closing of the criminal investigation.
  • Counsel to the Audit Committee of a major non-profit company in connection with an internal investigation of foreign bribery, fraud and related issues.
  • Counsel to a multi-national telecommunications company in connection with an internal investigation of foreign bribery issues.
  • Counsel to the Special Committee of a global company in connection with an ongoing DOJ/SEC investigation involving alleged violations of securities, fraud, and related criminal laws.
  • Lead counsel to a Fortune 100 financial institution in connection with an ongoing DOJ fraud investigation of an employee.   

Previous Experience

  • Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
    • Acting Assistant Attorney General (2013-2014)
    • Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff (2009-2013)
    • Acting Chief of Staff (2008-2009)
    • Trial Attorney (1996-1999)
  • United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland
    • Appellate Chief (2007-2008)
    • Chief, Southern Division Branch Office (2003-2006)
    • Deputy Chief, Southern Division Branch Office (2002-2003)
    • Assistant United States Attorney (1999-2008)
  • Office of the Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
    • Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General (2006-2007)

Honors and Rankings

  • 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) 
  • Legal 500, White Collar Criminal Defense (2015), Antitrust (2015), Litigation - International Trade (2015)
  • Global Investigations Review, Women in Investigations (2015)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2015)
  • Washington Business Journal, Legal Champion (2014)
  • Ethisphere Magazine, Attorneys Who Matter (“Government Star”) (2013)   
  • 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

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Barrister, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
  • Invited Adviser, American Law Institute’s Project on Principles of the Law, Compliance, Enforcement, and Risk Management for Corporations, Nonprofits, and Other Organizations

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)
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