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Local Litigation Star

National Practice Area Star

Practice area:

Civil litigation
White collar crime

John Richter is a trial and investigations partner in the Special Matters and Investigations Practice Group, and represents and defends 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 Special Matters 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.

Law360 named John “White-Collar MVP of the Year” in 2016. In 2017, he was recognized as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in America by Benchmark Litigation and as a Life Sciences Star for litigation by LMG Life Sciences. Also in 2017, John was elected to the Board of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys.

John previously served as the Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice and as 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.

At the Criminal Division, he led investigations, prosecutions, and policy development in many areas of federal As U.S. Attorney, John 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. In 2009, he was awarded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General’s Award for Combating Medicare and Medicaid Fraud. 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.


  • J.D., University of Virginia
  • B.A. International Studies, Emory University

Updated Sep 2021