Arun G. Rao, the President of IGI, directs due diligence and corporate internal investigations and advises clients on crisis and risk management.
Before joining IGI, Rao served as 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 a 50-person staff, including as many as 30 federal prosecutors, assigned to criminal cases in a geographic area with a population of more than two million people. Rao also was involved in a wide variety of complex and high-profile criminal cases, including the prosecution of a former supervisory archivist of the National Archives responsible for the theft of thousands of historic artifacts, and a long-term public corruption investigation involving the payment of bribes to elected officials in Maryland.
Rao was a Deputy Associate Counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel from 2012 to 2013, where he vetted President Barack Obama’s executive branch nominees (including candidates for the Cabinet and other Senate-confirmed positions). He 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 (Memphis). Prior to working for the U.S. Department of Justice, Rao was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office and an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, New York.
Rao clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and has served as an instructor at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Rao is a barrister in the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Washington, D.C.
Rao graduated with high honors from the University of Virginia in 1998 and received his J.D. in 2001 from the New York University School of Law.
During his time with IGI, Rao has been involved in a broad range of matters, including:
- vetting candidates for executive positions and boards of directors, on behalf of an Ivy League university, a multi-campus public university system, and a Fortune 100 company;
- overseeing an internal investigation into multi-million-dollar losses sustained by a fashion design company; and
- managing crisis response for a prominent political candidate.
Prior to joining IGI, Rao personally handled a wide variety of complex and high-profile criminal cases at the U.S. Department of Justice, including matters involving:
- an appointed state official who helped bribe elected state officials and obstructed justice;
- a lobbyist who bribed an elected state official;
- a federal pre-trial services employee who committed criminal contempt by violating a court order sealing an indictment;
- a federal contracting officer who accepted bribes in connection with the awarding of contracts;
- an employee of a multinational hospitality company who embezzled money from her employer;
- a physician involved in the illegal distribution of opioids and health care fraud;
- a historian who stole dog tags from the National Archives that belonged to U.S. servicemen who died in battle during World War II; and
- a former supervisory archivist at the National Archives who stole thousands of historic artifacts, including an audio recording of the Hindenburg Crash, an interview of Babe Ruth, and the first nationally televised World Series.
- The Washington Post quotes Rao in article titled, “After fatal shooting of 11-year-old, suspects’ past firearms arrests in spotlight,” July 2020
- The Washington Post quotes Rao in article titled, “Investigative tool used in law firm searches at risk, federal prosecutors fear,” January 2020
- WGN Radio’s Legal Face Off podcast interviews Rao about the impeachment proceedings – including the testimony of public servants, the strength of the evidence, and his advice on crisis management, November 2019
- The Washington Post quotes Rao in article titled, “Supreme Court strikes down violent crime provision,” June 2019
- CBC News Network conducts live televised interview of Rao: “Judge Delays Michael Flynn Sentencing,” December 2018
- The National Law Journal profiles Rao and Wendel in article titled, “After 34 Years, Storied DC Investigations Firm Has No Lenzner at the Helm,” August 2018
- The Washington Post interviews Rao in article titled, “Federal prosecutor who oversaw MS-13, public corruption cases in Md. leaves for private sector,” November 2017
- Law360, “McDonald’s CEO Case Instructs on Outside Investigations,” August 2020
- Law360, “Lessons From President Trump’s Failed Judicial Nominations,” September 2018
- Collegiate Sports Summit, “Under Investigation,” Santa Monica, California, April 2019
- Federal Bar Association – District of Columbia Chapter, “Current Issues in Government Investigations” seminar panelist: “Whistleblowers vs. Leakers,” Washington, D.C., April 2018
- Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association, Board of Directors meeting, “Charging Heroin-Related Overdose Deaths,” Cambridge, Maryland, November 2017
- Tenth Biennial Bench-Bar Conference of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, criminal justice breakout session facilitator, Greenbelt, Maryland, October 2017
- Office of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, “United Against Gun Violence: Commonsense Reforms for a Safer Maryland” round table participant, Landover, Maryland, October 2017
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund, 2017 Robert E. Wone Judicial Clerkship and Internship Conference, opening remarks: “The Value of a Judicial Clerkship,” Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., October 2017
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General, annual training for attorneys and investigators, “Best Practices When Investigating a Case with a United States Attorney’s Office,” Washington, D.C., July 2017
- U.S. Department of State – Office of Inspector General, annual training for Office of Investigations staff, “Best Practices When Investigating a Case with a United States Attorney’s Office,” Arlington, Virginia, February 2017