ARUn rao

Of Counsel

Drawing on his experience at the U.S. Department of Justice, the White House, the New York County District Attorney’s Office, and in private practice, Arun G. Rao directs due diligence and corporate internal investigations, advises clients on crisis and risk management, and handles white-collar matters. 


Before entering private practice, Rao served as the Chief of the Southern Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, located in Greenbelt, Maryland.  In that capacity, he supervised federal prosecutors assigned to criminal cases in a geographic area with a population of more than two million people.      


While at the U.S. Department of Justice, Rao was involved in a wide variety of complex and high profile criminal cases.  Among the matters he handled was the prosecution of a former supervisory archivist of the National Archives, which led to the recovery of thousands of stolen historic artifacts.  Rao also participated in a long-term public corruption investigation involving the payment of bribes to elected officials in Maryland. 


Rao served as a Deputy Associate Counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel from 2012 to 2013.  While at the White House, he drafted memoranda for review by President Barack Obama, the Chief of Staff, and senior advisors, identifying legal, ethical, and policy issues uncovered while vetting executive branch nominees, including candidates for the Cabinet. 


Rao joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 2007 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee, in Memphis, Tennessee.  He has briefed and argued cases before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits.  Earlier in his career, Rao was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.  Before becoming a prosecutor, he was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.


Rao is as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.  He has served as an instructor at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. 


Education and Experience

U.S. Department of Justice, 2007-2017

Office of White House Counsel, 2012-2013

New York County District Attorney’s Office, 2003-2007

Judicial clerk, Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2002-2003

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, 2001-2002

New York University School of Law, J.D., 2001

University of Virginia, B.A., high honors, 1998


Professional and Civic Memberships

Barrister, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court

Board of Directors, Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of Washington, D.C., 2017-present


Bar Admissions

New York

District of Columbia