Rachel S. Li Wai Suen

Senior Counsel
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Fax: 202.775.4510

Education:

Master of Laws, Harvard Law School (2003)

Frank M. Knox Fellow

Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2001)

Gold Medal (ranked first in graduating class)

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia

New York

Rachel S. Li Wai Suen is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses on the representation of individual and corporate clients in complex white-collar criminal cases at all stages (investigations, trials, sentencing proceedings, and appeals). Rachel is an experienced trial attorney, having tried multi-week criminal jury trials to verdict in federal district court.  Most recently she obtained not guilty verdicts on all counts in a federal criminal bribery and fraud jury trial in Virginia.  She also regularly advises clients in internal investigations and government enforcement matters, including investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Rachel has represented clients in a wide range of criminal matters involving alleged antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, tax fraud, honest services fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and other offenses. Rachel received a Master of Laws degree in 2003 from Harvard Law School, where she was a Frank M. Knox Fellow. In 2001, she received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Ontario, where she graduated first in her class and served as a law review editor. Upon graduating from law school, Rachel served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mr. Justice John Major on the Supreme Court of Canada.

Before joining Robbins Russell in 2018 as Senior Counsel, Rachel was Counsel at The Law Offices of Gregory L. Poe PLLC (formerly known as Poe & Burton PLLC) and an associate at Robbins, Russell and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Professional Activities, Publications, and Honors

  • Member, Women’s White Collar Defense Association

  • Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association (DC Chapter)

  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Represented Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in House impeachment investigation.

  • Represented former Treasury official in connection with a Congressional inquiry.

  • Represented a non-profit organization in connection with a Congressional inquiry into money laundering.

  • Represented witnesses in DOJ Public Integrity investigation into Jack Abramoff.

  • Represented lead defendant—the CFO and co-founder of a military contractor—accused of bribery, conspiracy, and honest services fraud relating to the U.S. Army National Guard. Multi-week federal criminal trial, resulting in acquittal on all counts.

  • Represented investment banker on trial in federal court for multiple conspiracy and fraud offenses in connection with DOJ Antitrust investigation into the municipal bond industry.

  • Represented pain management physician accused of drug trafficking and conspiracy on retrial in federal court.

  • Represented senior partners of McKinsey & Co., Inc. in connection with litigation pending in federal courts across the country.

  • Represented multiple sales and accounting employees in SEC investigation into a Korean semiconductor manufacturing company.

  • Represented senior airline executives in connection with a DOJ Antitrust investigation relating to their employer.

  • Represented senior automotive executives in DOJ investigation into defective air bags.

  • Represented senior automotive executive in DOJ investigation into Volkswagen emissions scandal.

  • Represented senior executive of a multinational investment bank in connection with DOJ investigation of his employer relating to alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in Asia (“Sons & Daughters Program” investigation).

  • Represented executives in DOJ and SEC investigation of major U.S. retailer in connection with alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in Asia.

  • Represented employees in grand jury proceedings concerning DOJ and IG investigations into the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Represented employees of a major international shipping concern in DOJ and IG investigations relating to alleged environmental offenses.

  • Represented key witness in DOJ investigation into a West Virginia mine disaster.

  • Represented former Chief Operating Officer of a private security services company in DOJ criminal investigation.

  • Represented key witnesses in civil and criminal matters relating to the BP oil spill.

  • Represented senior executive of a real estate investment trust in SEC investigation into alleged accounting irregularities.

  • Represented partner of a “Big Four” accounting firm in SEC investigation of a national fitness chain.

  • Pro bono representation of applicants for asylum.

  • Pro bono representation of “self-petitioners” under the Violence Against Women Act.

About

Rachel S. Li Wai Suen is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses on the representation of individual and corporate clients in complex white-collar criminal cases at all stages (investigations, trials, sentencing proceedings, and appeals). Rachel is an experienced trial attorney, having tried multi-week criminal jury trials to verdict in federal district court.  Most recently she obtained not guilty verdicts on all counts in a federal criminal bribery and fraud jury trial in Virginia.  She also regularly advises clients in internal investigations and government enforcement matters, including investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Rachel has represented clients in a wide range of criminal matters involving alleged antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, tax fraud, honest services fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and other offenses. Rachel received a Master of Laws degree in 2003 from Harvard Law School, where she was a Frank M. Knox Fellow. In 2001, she received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Ontario, where she graduated first in her class and served as a law review editor. Upon graduating from law school, Rachel served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mr. Justice John Major on the Supreme Court of Canada.

Before joining Robbins Russell in 2018 as Senior Counsel, Rachel was Counsel at The Law Offices of Gregory L. Poe PLLC (formerly known as Poe & Burton PLLC) and an associate at Robbins, Russell and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Professional Activities, Publications, and Honors

  • Member, Women’s White Collar Defense Association

  • Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association (DC Chapter)

  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Representative Matters
  • Represented Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in House impeachment investigation.

  • Represented former Treasury official in connection with a Congressional inquiry.

  • Represented a non-profit organization in connection with a Congressional inquiry into money laundering.

  • Represented witnesses in DOJ Public Integrity investigation into Jack Abramoff.

  • Represented lead defendant—the CFO and co-founder of a military contractor—accused of bribery, conspiracy, and honest services fraud relating to the U.S. Army National Guard. Multi-week federal criminal trial, resulting in acquittal on all counts.

  • Represented investment banker on trial in federal court for multiple conspiracy and fraud offenses in connection with DOJ Antitrust investigation into the municipal bond industry.

  • Represented pain management physician accused of drug trafficking and conspiracy on retrial in federal court.

  • Represented senior partners of McKinsey & Co., Inc. in connection with litigation pending in federal courts across the country.

  • Represented multiple sales and accounting employees in SEC investigation into a Korean semiconductor manufacturing company.

  • Represented senior airline executives in connection with a DOJ Antitrust investigation relating to their employer.

  • Represented senior automotive executives in DOJ investigation into defective air bags.

  • Represented senior automotive executive in DOJ investigation into Volkswagen emissions scandal.

  • Represented senior executive of a multinational investment bank in connection with DOJ investigation of his employer relating to alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in Asia (“Sons & Daughters Program” investigation).

  • Represented executives in DOJ and SEC investigation of major U.S. retailer in connection with alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in Asia.

  • Represented employees in grand jury proceedings concerning DOJ and IG investigations into the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Represented employees of a major international shipping concern in DOJ and IG investigations relating to alleged environmental offenses.

  • Represented key witness in DOJ investigation into a West Virginia mine disaster.

  • Represented former Chief Operating Officer of a private security services company in DOJ criminal investigation.

  • Represented key witnesses in civil and criminal matters relating to the BP oil spill.

  • Represented senior executive of a real estate investment trust in SEC investigation into alleged accounting irregularities.

  • Represented partner of a “Big Four” accounting firm in SEC investigation of a national fitness chain.

  • Pro bono representation of applicants for asylum.

  • Pro bono representation of “self-petitioners” under the Violence Against Women Act.