Rita M. Glavin is a partner in the Litigation group and co-head of the Government Enforcement and Internal Investigations practice. She advises companies around the globe on regulatory and security issues, including the FCPA, U.S. securities laws, the Bank Secrecy Act, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickbacks Statute, economic espionage, and cybercrime. She has represented both companies and individuals in criminal and civil enforcement investigations, including matters dealing with insider trading, money laundering, securities law violations, LIBOR manipulation, RMBS and CDO matters, FCPA violations, antitrust violations, OFAC and IEEPA issues, public corruption matters, campaign finance violations, ERISA violations, fraud, and theft of trade secrets. Ms. Glavin is also a seasoned trial lawyer, having been trial counsel in 20 federal jury trials, and handling numerous appeals. She recently obtained acquittals on all criminal charges against the former Executive Director of the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf following a 14-week jury trial in New York State Supreme Court.

Ms. Glavin brings extensive experience to white collar and enforcement matters. Prior to entering private practice in 2010, she worked for almost 12 years in the U.S. Department of Justice and served as head of the DOJ’s Criminal Division in 2009, where she supervised more than 400 attorneys in enforcing federal law in such areas as the FCPA, corporate crimes, health care fraud, campaign finance, public corruption, money laundering, securities fraud, cybercrime, and mortgage fraud. In her leadership roles at DOJ, Ms. Glavin worked extensively on corporate and financial crime issues with the leadership at other federal agencies including the SEC and Department of the Treasury, and she interacted regularly with Congress, coordinating DOJ’s response to various Congressional inquiries and testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Financial Services Committee.

Before taking on leadership positions at the DOJ Criminal Division, Ms. Glavin served as a federal prosecutor with the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section from 1998 to 2003, and from 2003 to 2010 she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. As a line prosecutor, she personally handled hundreds of criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Ms. Glavin began her legal career as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John F. Keenan, Southern District of New York, where she worked from 1996 to 1998. She has been a Director for Fordham Law School’s Alumni Association Board since 2008.


Law360 named Ms. Glavin as one of the six “MVP” attorneys nationally in white collar for 2017, and she has been recognized as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America by LawDragon (2018). Ms. Glavin is in the Euromoney Expert Guide for White Collar Crime (2018) and Who’s Who: Business Crime Defense (2016). She is a New York “Super Lawyer” (2014-2020), and her practice group has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” Survey for New York City. In 2009, while working at the DOJ Criminal Division in Main Justice, Ms. Glavin was named as of the Washington’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by The National Law Journal.  Rita is ranked in Chambers USA 2020 for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – New York.

Chambers USA 2020 Award