Ira Raphaelson Joins Stroock

Ira Raphaelson has joined Stroock in its Washington, D.C. office.

Raphaelson brings an combination of public and private sector experience to his new position.

A former federal prosecutor, Raphaelson served as a Justice Department special counsel during the administration of George H.W. Bush.

Ira Raphaelson
Washington, D.C.

In recent years, he served as general counsel for two leading publicly-held gaming and entertainment companies – Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Scientific Games Corp. – where he was responsible for corporate and legal strategy, compliance, government relations and human resources.

At Stroock, Raphaelson will work across multiple practices, including the firm’s financial services, litigation, compliance, regulatory and corporate groups.

“Ira Raphaelson brings to our firm an extraordinary background as a former top enforcement official and a global general counsel ,” said Jeff Keitelman, Stroock’s co-managing partner. “Ira has been at the center of some of the largest federal regulatory investigations on record, and has crafted innovative compliance programs that successfully closed out numerous wide-ranging government actions.”

“With decades of government and C-suite experience, Ira brings proven insight into the legal challenges facing national and international companies today. We are extremely fortunate to have him on board.”
After beginning his career in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago, Raphaelson earned the notice of financial regulators during the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated him to be the first presidentially-appointed Special Counsel for Financial Institutions Crime within the Department of Justice.

Reporting monthly to Congress, which had created the position, he was responsible for overseeing criminal investigations of banks and other financial firms in the aftermath of the S&L crisis.

In a highlight action, Raphaelson helped secure the guilty plea of Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI), the murky overseas institution whose corruption resulted in a then-record forfeiture and taxpayer-funded bailout of a number of U.S. banks.

Raphaelson has also been in private practice with a pair of first-tier law firms, representing public and private companies, executives and public officials, often in multi-forum matters.

“I am delighted to join Stroock’s stellar litigation and compliance team. The firm has achieved outstanding trial success, led numerous high-profile investigations and has a first-rank bench of government regulatory attorneys,” Raphaelson said. “It’s a particular honor to count many former public officials as new colleagues, including former federal judge Shira Scheindlin, former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams, former Assistant Director and Deputy General Counsel at the CFPB, Quyen Truong, as well as former Treasury Department counsel Anne Salladin.”

In addition to his practice, Raphaelson is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he teaches courses on entering business markets outside the U.S.

Raphaelson received his J.D. and his B.A. from Northwestern University.


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