Ryan Rohlfsen Joins Ropes & Gray in Chicago

Ryan Rohlfsen, senior trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, has joined Ropes & Gray’s government enforcement practice in Chicago as a partner.

Rohlfsen was part of an elite group of federal prosecutors responsible for the global enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and is the only attorney practicing in Chicago having worked in the Department of Justice’s FCPA unit.


“Ryan understands deeply the issues that matter most to the criminal and civil authorities in investigating cases and determining whether to bring criminal charges or civil enforcement actions,” said Asheesh Goel, co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s global anti-corruption and international risk practice. “We are thrilled Ryan brings his depth of experience to our expanding government enforcement practice, which has counseled major international corporations through significant investigations and compliance matters.”

Rohlfsen prosecuted a major U.S. technology company for violations of the FCPA, which resulted in over $100 million in combined penalties and fines.

Rohlfsen also convicted a defendant after a jury trial on charges related to a securities investment fraud, and conducted a review into alleged “robo-signing” practices in the mortgage industry, resulting in a guilty plea by the responsible corporate executive officer and a $35 million fine paid by the publicly-traded parent company.

Rohlfsen joins Ropes & Gray’s expanding anti-corruption practice, which includes the recent addition of Patrick Sinclair, former prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, to supplement the firm’s roster of Asia-based enforcement partners in Hong Kong.

In 2014, the Ropes & Gray also named Cori Lable a partner in its government enforcement practice in Hong Kong, Marcus Thompson and Amanda Raad partners in its government enforcement practice in London, Mimi Yang a government enforcement partner in its Shanghai office and in New York the firm added Marc Berger, former Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

The firm’s Chicago office, which has grown from just three lawyers in 2008 to more than 60 in 2015, the addition of Mr. Rohlfsen brings the firm’s partner count to 13, including the recent addition of Matthew Posthuma to the firm’s private investment funds practice in Chicago, announced in January, and Nick Berg, named a partner in the firm’s business & securities litigation practice in 2014.

“Ropes & Gray’s enforcement practice is internationally renowned for its success counseling multinational clients through complex investigations,” Rohlfsen said. “The depth of counsel Ropes & Gray brings to its clients on criminal and civil matters is unparalleled.”

Before joining the Department of Justice, Rohlfsen was a litigator with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in the firm’s Chicago and London offices.

Rohlfsen received his J.D. from Drake Law School and he served as a senior editor for the Drake Law Review.

He received his B.A. in psychology, political science and history from Drake University, Phi Beta Kappa.


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