Richard Smith is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, where he is Head of Regulatory and Governmental Investigations, United States, chair of the firm's Global White Collar Crime and Government Investigations practice group, and the FCPA and International Anti-Corruption practice group.
He also co-chairs the firm's International Investigations and Subprime practice groups and he is a former member of the firm's Executive Committee. His practice focuses on complex litigation, white collar criminal defense, transactional and third party due diligence, risk assessment, creation and review of anti-corruption policies and procedures, and US-centric and transnational corporate internal investigations for public and private companies.
He has extensive experience representing corporate entities, their executives and employees in connection with grand jury investigations, civil and criminal trials and hearings, transnational regulatory investigation and enforcement proceedings, federal and state criminal prosecutions and criminal antitrust investigations and prosecutions. He also has experience representing business entities and executives in such civil matters as breach of contracts, tortious interference of business relationships, business conspiracy, fraud, criminal conversion and forum non conveniens. Due to his extensive experience handling high-profile matters, Richard is often called on by the national media for commentary. Among others, he has appeared on CNN, 20/20 and has been quoted in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Birmingham News.
Richard was the former Acting Chief and Principal Deputy Chief for Litigation of the Fraud Section of the US. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division where he supervised the litigation activities of all trial attorneys in the investigation, indictment, and trial of criminal matters involving violations of conspiracy, wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, false books and records, obstruction of justice, money laundering, FCPA, and RICO statutes among others, and has 20 years of trial experience, handling over 100 criminal and civil cases in state and federal courts throughout the US.
While at the DOJ, Richard tried the first cases prosecuted under the Sarbanes-Oxley statute and was instrumental in executing a new strategy to quickly investigate and prosecute corporate fraud matters. Richard also was Counsel to the Director of the Executive Office for the US Attorneys where he served as the attorney-advisor to the Attorney General's Advisory Committee and represented the interests of all US Attorneys. For five consecutive years, Richard received the "Special Achievement Award" recognizing his work at the DOJ.
He previously worked for six years as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of Texas, where he conducted long term grand jury investigations, prosecuted and tried numerous complex white collar and public corruption cases, and successfully argued four cases before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He began his career trying criminal cases as an Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville, Florida.