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Rae Woods
Of Counsel
Washington +1 202 662 5059 rwoods@cov.com Download V-card

Rae Woods is an experienced litigator and former federal prosecutor with an extensive background in white collar, corruption, fraud, and complex disputes involving the federal government. She represents companies and individuals in high-stakes civil litigation, white collar criminal and regulatory matters, and sensitive internal investigations.

An accomplished trial lawyer, Ms. Woods has led several high-profile white collar investigations and tried more than 30 cases to verdict. She has practiced in federal courts across the country and handled domestic and international cases involving fraud, bribery, extortion, conflicts of interest, campaign-finance violations, racketeering, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and other allegations.

  • Representation of a major pharmaceutical distributor in complex, multi-district civil litigation involving parallel state and federal proceedings.
  • Representation of a non-profit entity in connection with an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct by its directors.
  • Representation of an individual under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and D.C. Bar for prosecutorial misconduct.
  • Lead prosecutor for a corruption investigation that led to the conviction of a counterintelligence FBI agent and a foreign national for a bribery scheme that furthered a plot to kidnap and harm a prime minister’s child.
  • Lead prosecutor for a criminal investigation of a $6 million corruption scheme that led to the conviction of multiple military and corporate officers.
  • Lead prosecutor for a bribery case that led to the conviction of an elected public official.
  • Trial prosecutor in a criminal case that resulted in a guilty jury verdict against a U.S. Congress senior staff member for numerous crimes associated with his receipt of an all-expenses paid trip and other gratuities.
  • Prosecutor for criminal cases involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, his associates, and numerous public officials for public corruption offenses.
  • Prosecutor for a RICO investigation that led to the conviction of dozens of police officers for a series of extortions, robberies, thefts, firearm and narcotic transactions, obstruction of justice, and other crimes.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of an indigent defendant in a criminal case that led to dismissal of all charges.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court
  • Member, Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Board Member, Stanford Law School Alumni Chapter, Washington, DC
  • Faculty, International Law Enforcement Academy, Budapest, Hungary (2015-2017)
  • Chair, Federal Interagency Reentry Roundtable (2015-2017)
  • Co-Chair, U.S. Department of Justice Working Group to Reduce the Use of Restrictive Housing (2015)

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Department of Justice
    • Associate Deputy Attorney General
    • Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General
    • Trial Attorney, Public Integrity Section, Criminal Division
  • U.S. Embassy In Macedonia, Legal Advisor
  • Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service (2011)
  • Assistant Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service (2014)
  • Assistant Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service (2014, 2015)
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General's Collaboration Award (2015)