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Mythili Raman is co-chair of Covington’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group, and 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 high-level leadership roles across several Administrations, including as the head of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Raman has been widely recognized for her expertise in white collar defense work. Chambers has described Ms. Raman as “incredibly impressive,” stating that “she understands exactly how to position a matter and how to interact with the DOJ,” adding that “she knows what prosecutors are doing and is able to anticipate their moves to create a strong strategy." She is also praised by Chambers as "smart and hard-working,” "a great communicator," "very easy to work with," and “responsive to clients' concerns." She has been 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.”

  • Numerous 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 global financial institution in connection with the 1MDB corruption investigation, resulting in a complete declination by DOJ.
  • Representation of a national bank in connection with a tax fraud investigation by DOJ, resulting in no enforcement action.
  • Representation of a national bank with respect to DOJ and regulatory inquiries arising out of the pandemic-related Paycheck Protection Program.
  • Coordinating counsel for leading technology company across numerous criminal and civil regulatory investigations by DOJ, SEC, FTC, state AGs, and other regulators, including securing a 2020 declination from DOJ in an FCPA investigation of the company’s businesses in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China.
  • 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, resulting in a declination by the DOJ and foreign law enforcement authorities.
  • 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 global technology company in connection with sensitive internal corruption investigation.
  • Pool counsel for several high-level executives of multi-national pharmaceutical company in connection with accounting and FCPA investigations by DOJ and SEC.
  • 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.
  • Pool counsel for several employees of Europe-based automotive engineering firm.
  • 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, resulting in the closing of the criminal 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)
  • 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) 
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Legal 500, White Collar Criminal Defense (2017, 2016, 2015), Antitrust (2017, 2015), Antitrust - Cartel (2017), Litigation - International Trade (2015)
  • Who's Who Legal: Investigations (2021)
  • Global Investigations Review, Women in Investigations (2015)
  • Honoree, Harvard Law School International Women's Day (2016) 
  • Washingtonian, Criminal Defense "Top Lawyer" (2018)  
  • Washington Business Journal, Legal Champion (2014)    
  • Ethisphere Magazine, Attorneys Who Matter (“Government Star”) (2013)   
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2020)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)  
  • 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