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White collar crime


Rachel G. Skaistis is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on advising boards of directors and management in connection with government and internal investigations, shareholder demands, derivative actions and accounting restatements. Ms. Skaistis represents clients in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, insider trading, accounting and securities fraud and governance issues. She also handles a wide variety of general litigation, arbitration and appellate matters, including employment disputes, securities, bankruptcy and commercial/contract. 


Ms. Skaistis recently advised a special litigation committee of the Board of Directors of Alphabet Inc. in connection with various shareholder legal proceedings related to past workplace conduct and data privacy issues. She also represented Telia Company in connection with FCPA investigations by the SEC, DOJ and Swedish and Dutch authorities, resulting in one of the largest FCPA resolutions ever. The resolution does not require the company to retain a compliance monitor, implement changes to its compliance program, or periodically self-report on its compliance program to the DOJ or SEC. 


Ms. Skaistis devotes substantial time to pro bono service. She is one of the liaison partners for Cravath’s relationship with Montefiore Children’s Hospital and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, through which the Firm represents patients who need legal services related to their medical care. Additionally, she is the liaison partner for Her Justice, an organization that procures pro bono legal services for low-income women and children. 


Among other accolades, Ms. Skaistis has been recognized by The Legal 500 US for white collar criminal defense and securities litigation and by Chambers USA for securities litigation and securities regulatory enforcement. She has been named to Lawdragon’s list of “500 Leading Lawyers in America” and Global Investigation Review’s list of “100 Women in Investigations”. 


Ms. Skaistis received a B.A. in 1992 from Yale University and a J.D. cum laude from Cornell in 1997. She joined Cravath in 1997, but served a one-year clerkship with Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1999. She returned to the Firm in 2000 and was elected a partner in 2004. 


Updated July 2021