Eli B. Richlin is an associate in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, internal investigations, and government and regulatory enforcement proceedings.
Eli has defended individuals and companies under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Department of Justice, the New York Attorney General, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). His trial experience includes second-chairing an SEC administrative proceeding, and he has defended individuals under indictment on securities fraud charges in New York State Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Eli has also represented multiple financial institutions in a variety of matters, including litigation and FINRA arbitrations arising out of billions of dollars of auction rate securities issuances; class action litigation relating to more than $1 billion in securities lending investments; a government inquiry relating to hiring practices in Asia and potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations; and litigation brought by private putative class plaintiffs and government regulators relating to foreign exchange practices.
In addition, he has represented a private equity fund partner in a protracted dispute against a former partner, with litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery regarding disposition of the fund’s assets. Eli has also conducted a number of internal investigations for financial institutions, a “Big Four” accounting firm, and the NBA Players Association. He has gained extensive experience in managing all aspects of complex electronic discovery.
Prior to joining the firm, Eli was an associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Thompson Hine LLP. Previously, he served as the chief of staff and director of policy and communications for New York City Councilman Eric Gioia and later served as the campaign manager of Gioia’s campaign for New York City Public Advocate in 2009. Eli also spent two years advocating for renewable energy policies with the California Public Interest Research Group and Environment California.
- J.D., New York University School of Law, 2010
- B.A., Harvard College, 2001
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
- Member, Criminal Advocacy Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2016-present
- Member, New York City Affairs Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2013-2016
- State Bar of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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