Overview

Rohan Virginkar is a former federal prosecutor and a member of the Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice and Co-Chair of the firm's multidisciplinary Cannabis Industry team. His practice focuses on advising corporations and executives on government and regulatory actions; conducting internal investigations; leading corporate compliance matters; and representing individuals and corporations in white collar matters and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Offices, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other domestic and foreign law enforcement and regulatory authorities.

Mr. Virginkar returned to the firm in 2017 after more than six years as a federal prosecutor. Mr. Virginkar most recently served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section, where he was part of the FCPA Unit, a small group of prosecutors responsible for global enforcement of the FCPA. In that role, his responsibilities included grand jury investigations, negotiation of resolutions, and the selection, appointment and oversight of independent monitors. Mr. Virginkar worked extensively with domestic and international law enforcement as well as civil regulatory authorities, including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Virginkar led numerous investigations into alleged violations of the FCPA by major corporations and individuals across multiple industries and spanning six continents. He led the Justice Department’s prosecution of a major global pharmaceutical company, which resulted in more than $280 million in criminal penalties and fines — part of a nearly $520 million global resolution — the largest ever against a healthcare company for violations of the FCPA.

Mr. Virginkar also was a member of the DOJ’s Deepwater Horizon Task Force, where he investigated crimes related to the deadly 2010 disaster and resulting oil spill including environmental crimes, securities fraud, obstruction of justice, and other federal criminal offenses. He was part of the team responsible for securing multiple guilty pleas, resulting in the imposition of more than $5 billion in criminal penalties.

In 2016, Mr. Virginkar also served as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, advising Criminal Division leadership on issues including white collar criminal law enforcement policy and strategies.

Mr. Virginkar has led numerous sophisticated white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, including involving violations of securities fraud, money laundering, healthcare fraud, and other federal criminal laws. In the courtroom, Mr. Virginkar has tried multiple cases to verdict, including a multi-week, multi-million dollar health care fraud trial.

Mr. Virginkar has been honored with the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the highest award in the Department of Justice, as well as the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence, one of the FBI’s most prestigious honors.

Before entering public service, Mr. Virginkar previously practiced at Foley from 2004 until 2011, where he represented clients in white collar defense and government enforcement matters, focusing on anti-corruption compliance and the FCPA.

Recognition

  • Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (2013), highest award given by the Department of Justice
  • Director’s Award for Excellence (2013), highest award given by the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Selected Presentations

  • Speaker, “Perspectives on Enforcement in International Corruption,” Partnering Against Corruption Initiative Spring Community Meeting, World Economic Forum (May 2016)
  • Panelist, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Financial Services Industry,” National Asian Pacific Bar Association Annual Convention (Nov. 2014)

Education

Mr. Virginkar earned his law degree from The George Washington University Law School (J.D. with honors, 2004), where he was the managing editor of The George Washington University International Law Review. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2001).

Admissions

Mr. Virginkar is admitted to practice law in District of Columbia and California. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. 
 

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