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Mythili Raman
Mythili Raman
Partner
Washington +1 202 662 5929 mraman@cov.com Download V-card

Mythili Raman is a leading practitioner in the areas of 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 the head of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Her practice focuses on representing corporate entities and executives in a wide range of criminal and regulatory investigations. She has been widely recognized for her expertise in white collar defense work, including being recognized as a “White Collar Crime Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, which noted that “[o]ver her years at both the Justice Department and now as a partner in Covington & Burling’s white collar practice, Raman has developed a deep expertise in and passion for conducting complex investigations and making difficult decisions on thorny questions of law.”

  • Representations of global financial institutions in connection with government and internal investigations of alleged international money laundering, foreign corruption, tax evasion, fraud, and related issues.
  • Representation of a Special Committee of the Board of a global telecommunications company in connection with an internal, DOJ, and Europe-based investigation of foreign bribery issues.
  • Representation of an Asia-based technology solutions company in connection with a DOJ fraud investigation.
  • Representation of one of South America's largest industrial conglomerates in connection with a multi-national foreign bribery investigation.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of the Audit Committee of a major non-profit company in connection with an internal investigation of foreign bribery, fraud and related issues.
  • Representation of a public university in connection with an internal and DOJ fraud investigation.
  • Representation of a Fortune 100 financial institution in connection with a DOJ fraud investigation of an employee.
  • Representation of a major sports league in connection with an internal fraud investigation of an employee.
  • Representation of the Special Committee of a global company in connection with a DOJ/SEC investigation involving alleged violations of securities, fraud, and related criminal laws.
  • Representation of one of the country’s most profitable hedge funds in connection with an internal compliance review.   

Memberships and Affiliations

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

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)
  • Honoree, Harvard Law School International Women's Day (2016) 
  • 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) 
  • National Law Journal, White Collar Crime Trailblazer (2015) 
  • Legal 500, White Collar Criminal Defense (2016, 2015), Antitrust (2015), Litigation - International Trade (2015)
  • Global Investigations Review, Women in Investigations (2015)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, White Collar Crime (2016, 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