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Fried Frank Welcomes Former Deputy United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Ilan T. Graff as a Partner in the White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practice

News releases | December 2, 2021

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that former Deputy United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Ilan T. Graff will join the Firm as a partner in the White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practice. He will be based in the Firm’s New York office.
 
Mr. Graff joins the Firm from the US Attorney’s Office for SDNY where he worked from 2012 to 2021, most recently as Deputy US Attorney. At Fried Frank, he will represent institutions and individuals in criminal investigations and prosecutions, internal investigations, complex civil litigation, and other matters requiring creative problem solving.
 
“We are delighted to welcome Ilan to Fried Frank,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “His experience leading significant white collar matters at the US Attorney’s Office will further enhance our offerings as we continue to advise our clients on their most complex litigation matters.” 
 
During his time at the SDNY, Mr. Graff spearheaded a series of high profile cases, including criminal matters involving violations of securities laws, financial and other fraud, national and cyber security, and public corruption, as well as civil matters such as False Claims Act investigations and litigation. Prior to his role as Deputy US Attorney, he served as Counsel to former US Attorney and current Head of the Firm’s White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practice Geoffrey S. Berman. His other roles at the US Attorney’s Office include Co-Chief of the Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit, Co-Chief of the General Crimes Unit and an Assistant US Attorney.
 
“Ilan’s arrival marks another strong addition to the Firm’s growing Litigation Department after recently welcoming Geoffrey Berman as head of the White Collar Practice,” said James D. Wareham, global chair of Fried Frank's Litigation Department. “I am thrilled to welcome him to our growing bench of talented attorneys.”
 
“Having worked alongside Ilan at the Southern District, I know that his extensive trial experience, leadership abilities, and deep familiarity with the DOJ, the SEC and other regulatory agencies will greatly benefit our clients, and I very much look forward to working with him again,” said Geoffrey S. Berman.
 
“I am delighted to join Fried Frank's leading White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practice,” added Mr. Graff. “I am particularly excited to begin working alongside this brilliant group of attorneys and further strengthen the white collar defense practice through my experience as a trial lawyer and in SDNY’s leadership.” 
 
Mr. Graff received his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an articles editor and book review and essay chair for the Harvard Law Review as well as a Heyman Fellow, and his AB, cum laude, from Harvard College.
 
Fried Frank has a longstanding record of attorneys serving in the public sector and Mr. Graff’s arrival continues this trend. Most recently, the Firm welcomed Geoffrey S. Berman as head of the White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practice and former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro Jr. as chair of the Firm’s Global Antitrust and Competition Department.
 
Fried Frank's White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practice has an international reputation for success in defending corporations and individuals under investigation for alleged securities, commodities, and other financial frauds, insider trading, market manipulation, anti-corruption violations, money laundering, RICO violations, and procurement and healthcare fraud. The team’s deep bench of litigators, which includes multiple former federal prosecutors, has extensive trial and appellate experience, having tried dozens of federal criminal cases to verdict and argued numerous criminal appeals before state and federal appellate courts, as both prosecutors and defense counsel.

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