B.A., University of Virginia; J.D., New York University
Arun G. Rao is a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. He previously served as the President of Investigative Group International (IGI) and Principal of The Lenzner Firm, P.C., where he directed due diligence and corporate internal investigations and advised clients on crisis and risk management. From 2015 to 2017, he served as Chief of the Southern Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, located in Greenbelt, Maryland. He also was a Deputy Associate Counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel from 2012 to 2013, where he vetted President Barack Obama’s executive branch nominees (including candidates for the Cabinet and other Senate-confirmed positions). Professor Rao joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 2007 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee (Memphis). Prior to working for the U.S. Department of Justice, Professor Rao was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office and an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, New York. Professor Rao graduated with high honors from the University of Virginia in 1998. He received his J.D. in 2001 from New York University School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.