Throughout his career in private practice and the public sector, Raphael Adam Prober has advised companies, institutions and individuals in some of the most high stakes, complex and consequential congressional and governmental investigations. He also assists with internal investigations, compliance audits and the development of effective compliance programs.
In 2015, after over a decade in private practice, including as a partner at Akin Gump, Rafi was appointed to a key role at DOJ, serving as an Associate Deputy Attorney General. He handled all facets of the DOJ’s responses to congressional oversight and investigations, which often involved parallel DOJ investigations and enforcement matters. He was also responsible for engagement with the DOJ Inspector General’s Office, the Government Accountability Office, and DOJ’s Office of Information Policy (overseeing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the executive branch).
He returned to Akin Gump in 2017.Rafi’s experience on both sides of high-profile investigations allows him to develop strategies that address not just the immediate scrutiny itself, but also broader reputational and business considerations, including the investigation’s potential impact on parallel criminal, civil and regulatory proceedings.
Rafi’s representations span a wide range of federal executive branch departments, commissions and agencies, including the departments of Justice, Defense, and Health and Human Services, among others. He has also helped clients navigate inquiries by state attorneys general, state legislative bodies and inspector general offices.
Rafi also devotes times to pro bono matters, serving as the lead pro bono outside counsel to the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and its Youth Baseball Academy. Rafi also spearheaded the firm’s pro bono representation of hundreds of Holocaust survivors and family members in their pursuit of justice from the French railroad company that was responsible for deporting these victims toward the death camps.
His work on this matter, spanning almost a decade, resulted in an historic treaty between the U.S. and France in which France funded a more-than-$60 million compensation fund for the victims and their families.Rafi serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a course on congressional investigations. He has previously served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer on the same topic at Fordham Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, respectively.
- Served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
- Is co-head of the firm’s congressional investigations practice.
- Assists with all aspects of governmental investigations and related regulatory matters, with a focus on congressional investigations.
- Represented significant government contractors in connection with various congressional investigations, including multiple leading defense contractors involved in Iraq and Afghanistan, health contractors involved with the Affordable Care Act, and contractors engaged in various disaster recovery efforts.
- Represented a number of clients, including a former senior DOJ official, in connection with the House and Senate Intelligence Committee investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
- Represented a leading technology company in a congressional investigation concerning high-profile privacy allegations.
- Represented a legendary major league baseball team in connection with congressional investigations into stadium financing, as well as in a related state legislative inquiry and related litigation.
- Represented a major independent living facility in a congressional investigation related to veterans’ benefits, as well as in a related state attorney general investigation and settlement.
- Represented a number of leading banks, hedge funds and fund managers in a variety of congressional investigations, including those focused on mortgage and lending practices, physical commodity holdings and trading practices, among other issues.
- Represented a national health insurer in a multitude of congressional and state attorney general investigations, including on opioid-related issues.
- Represented a number of pharmaceutical clients in connection with various congressional investigations, including related to drug pricing issues.
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center,cum laude, 2003
- B.S., Georgetown University, magna cum laude, 2000
- District of Columbia
- New York
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