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B.A. International Studies, Emory University
J.D., University of Virginia
John Richter is a litigation partner in the Special Matters and Investigations Practice Group, and works with companies, Boards of Directors, Board committees, and individuals facing a variety of white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, parallel civil litigation, and internal corporate investigations. The group has been twice recognized by Law360 as “White-Collar Group of the Year” and described as “the premier firm in this practice area” by the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” survey.
Prior to joining the firm, John served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at WellCare Health Plans, Inc., a $6 billion provider of managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health programs, where he led the successful resolution of enterprise-threatening criminal and civil investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as parallel investigations by other federal and state regulatory agencies, private securities class actions, derivative class actions, and qui tam cases. From 2005 to 2009, John served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, having been nominated by the President and confirmed by unanimous consent by the U.S. Senate. In that capacity, he served as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the district, tried cases, argued appeals, and oversaw the prosecution and defense of a wide-range of criminal and civil matters on behalf of the U.S., including bank fraud, healthcare fraud, money laundering and other economic and regulatory cases. He was awarded in 2009 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General’s Award for Combating Medicare and Medicaid Fraud.
As U.S. Attorney, he also served as Chairman of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Sentencing, and as a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on White Collar Crime. In those capacities, he worked on the revision to the “Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations” (formerly known as the “Thompson Memo”) and on the creation of the Department’s memorandum regarding the “Selection and Use of Monitors in Deferred Prosecution Agreements and Non-Prosecution Agreements with Corporations."
Before becoming U.S. Attorney, John served in various capacities in the front office of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., including serving as Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division. While there, he led investigations, prosecutions, and policy development in many areas of federal criminal law, including healthcare fraud, securities fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and export violations, bank secrecy and money laundering offenses, public corruption, and organized crime. He served as a member of the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force and oversaw the Enron Task Force. He also served as the Commissioner Ex-Officio to the U.S. Sentencing Commission and represented the Department in matters before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.
John began his career as a federal prosecutor as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Atlanta and Oklahoma City, during which time he investigated and prosecuted a wide-range of federal cases, including health care, bank, and securities fraud. He began his career as a prosecutor as an Assistant District Attorney in Cobb County, Georgia.
Since returning to the firm in 2012, John has led investigation matters involving U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in over fifteen different districts around the country, the Criminal and Civil Divisions at the Justice Department, and state attorney general’s offices for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These matters often have also involved parallel proceedings by regulatory agencies and parallel class action or qui tam whistleblower litigation.
Last Updated 7th September 2017