Brian Rabbitt is a seasoned litigator with deep experience resolving complex problems and handling sensitive investigations and enforcement matters at the highest levels of government. He provides strategic counseling and representation to clients facing high-profile, high-stakes civil and criminal matters involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), state attorneys general, and other government authorities. Brian also has extensive experience responding to congressional inquiries and preparing senior officials for appearances before Congress.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Brian was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ's Criminal Division. As head of one of DOJ's largest criminal enforcement components, Brian led hundreds of federal prosecutors responsible for investigating and prosecuting white collar cases (including securities, commodities, and health care fraud), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, and money laundering (AML), public corruption, computer crime, intellectual property, and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) matters. Under Brian's leadership, the Criminal Division resolved several of the largest and most significant corporate criminal matters in DOJ history; prosecuted billions of dollars in health care fraud; and led the federal government's response to COVID-19-related stimulus fraud.
Before heading the Criminal Division, Brian also served as Chief of Staff in the Attorney General's office, in senior roles at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and in the Office of the White House Counsel. Brian began his career at a leading Washington law firm, where his practice focused on litigation involving state attorneys general and enforcement matters before various government authorities.
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- June 18, 2021
White Collar Defense Do's and Dont's for Meetings with DOJ, Law360
- June 17, 2021
International Criminal Compliance Laboratory, Criminal Responsibility of the Compliance Officer, speaker
- June 3, 2021
ACI's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act New York: Unwritten Takeaways on Risk Mitigation and Investigations, speaker
- April 29, 2021
China General Chamber of Commerce: The Long Arm of the U.S.: The Reach of U.S. Courts Over Chinese Businesses, Panelist.
- December 3, 2020
ACI's 37th Annual International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Keynote Address
- November 20, 2020
Shinshu University White Collar Crime Conference 2020, Opening Address
- October 13, 2020
ABA's London White Collar Crime Institute, Interview
- September 23, 2020
PLI's White Collar Crime 2020: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Keynote Address
- July 14, 2020
ACI's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act New York: The Criminal Division's Priorities: The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Fraud Enforcement, and More
- May 29, 2020
PLI's Enforcement 2020: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Panelist
- University of Virginia (J.D. 2008; Articles Editor, The Virginia Journal of International Law; Treasurer and Board Member, The William Minor Lile Moot Court Board); Vanderbilt University (B.A. in Political Science and Economics & History magna cum laude 2004; Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society)
- District of Columbia; Virginia; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Third, and Fourth Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and Western District of Pennsylvania
- Served in the following positions: with the U.S. Department of Justice (2019-2020): Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division and Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to the Attorney General; with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2017-2019): Senior Policy Adviser to the Chairman and Senior Counsel to the Co-Directors of Enforcement; and with The White House, Office of the White House Counsel (2017): Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President
- Law Clerk to: Judge Thomas M. Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (2009-2010) and Judge Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (2008-2009)