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David C. Rybicki

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David Rybicki is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He is a member of the investigations, enforcement, and white collar practice group.

Mr. Rybicki recently served in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2017) and Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2017-2020), the second- and third-highest ranking positions in the division. In these roles, Mr. Rybicki supervised some of the nation’s most significant investigations and prosecutions involving white collar crime, money laundering, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cybercrime and cryptocurrencies, civil and criminal RICO, public corruption, healthcare fraud, consumer fraud, immigration fraud, human rights, labor racketeering and affiliated benefit plan corruption, and gaming law.

Prior to joining the Criminal Division, Mr. Rybicki served as Counselor to the Attorney General and worked on the Justice Department’s top criminal enforcement initiatives. This work included revision of the Department’s corporate enforcement policies, extension of the FCPA Pilot Program, marijuana enforcement and regulatory policy, and the creation of new civil asset forfeiture policies and regulatory guidelines.

In 2018, Mr. Rybicki was appointed to serve as an ex officio member of the United States Sentencing Commission, where he represented the Justice Department with respect to all aspects of federal sentencing law and policy, including amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for corporate fraud and other economic crimes.

Professional Background

Earlier in his career, Mr. Rybicki served the Justice Department for nearly six years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in Washington, D.C. As an AUSA, Mr. Rybicki conducted grand jury investigations, prosecuted criminal trial matters, and argued appeals involving narcotics, firearms, aggravated identity theft, commercial piracy, and financial crimes, including mortgage fraud, embezzlement, and fraud against the federal and District of Columbia governments. Mr. Rybicki also defended federal agencies and officials in civil litigation involving administrative, constitutional, and regulatory law, tort claims, and employment discrimination. He has first-chaired dozens of jury and bench trials and argued frequently before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals. In recognition of his superior interagency work, in 2012 Mr. Rybicki received the IRS Office of Chief Counsel’s Mitchell Rogovin National Outstanding Support Award, the agency’s highest honor for excellence in civil litigation.

Mr. Rybicki has also worked in several senior roles on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. As a chief counsel and as counsel to the Chairman, he served as a legal, policy, and legislative advisor on matters involving cybersecurity, data encryption and privacy, intellectual property, bankruptcy restructuring, and criminal justice reform. He also advised on oversight and investigation of the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding national security, immigration, whistleblower claims, and other consequential public policy matters.

Mr. Rybicki is a frequent speaker and panelist on issues pertaining to corporate compliance programs, anti-money laundering, healthcare fraud, and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. He was previously a member of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Council and White Collar Dialogue Group, and is currently a barrister member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, an invitation-only professional organization specializing in white collar criminal prosecution and defense.

Mr. Rybicki served as law clerk to the Honorable Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He holds an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, where he was a Gates Cambridge Trust Scholar, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale College.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • United States Sentencing Commission, Ex Officio Member (2018-2020)
  • American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Council, Member (2017-2020)
  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Barrister

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Financial Institutions Partnering With Law Enforcement, American Bankers Association & American Bar Association Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference, Washington, D.C. (2020)
  • Keynote Speaker, Financial Institution and Law Enforcement Collaboration: The DOJ Perspective, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists U.S. Capital Chapter Annual AML/CFT Forum, Washington, D.C. (2019)
  • Congressional Testimony, Pursuing Accountability for Atrocities, United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Washington, D.C. (2019)
  • Panelist, Fraud Detection in the Evolving World of Technology, American Bankers Association & Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center Webinar, Washington, D.C. (2019)
  • Panelist, Federal Criminal Enforcement and the Opioid Crisis, American Bar Association National Health Care Fraud Institute, New Orleans, La. (2019)
  • Keynote Speaker, Federal Response to the Opioid Epidemic, Alaska Wellness Summit 2.0, Anchorage, Ak. (2018)
  • Panelist, Fine Tuning Your Elder Financial Exploitation Controls, American Bankers Association & American Bar Association Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference for AML and Fraud Professionals, National Harbor, Md. (2018)
  • Featured Presenter, Investigating Transnational Cybercrime and Money Laundering, United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties, Vienna, Austria (2018)
  • Panelist, Federal Enforcement in the Opioid Crisis, American Bar Association National Health Care Fraud Institute, Tampa, Fla. (2018)
  • Panelist, Cryptocurrency and the Global Reach of Money Laundering, American Bar Association National White Collar Institute, San Diego, Calif. (2018)
  • Panelist, ECPA and Government Access to Communications-Related Data: The Present and the Future, Federal Communications Bar Association, Washington, D.C. (2017)
  • Panelist, Understanding the Corporate Defendant: Overcoming the Challenges and Risks of Building a Case Against Corporate Actors, International Corporate Responsibility Roundtable (ICAR), Oslo, Norway (2017)
  • Keynote Speaker, Federal Opioid Enforcement Priorities, Drug Enforcement Administration & National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition Drug Enforcement Forum, Washington, D.C. (2017)
  • Keynote Speaker, National Forensics Symposium, National Association of Attorneys General & National District Attorneys Association, Washington, D.C. (2017)