Former Senior DOJ Official Raphael Prober Returns to Akin Gump

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 12:50

Raphael A. Prober, who most recently served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), has rejoined Akin Gump as a partner in its white collar and government investigations practice and as co-head of its congressional investigations practice, the firm announced today. Prior to his tenure at DOJ, Mr. Prober had been a partner with Akin Gump in its congressional investigations practice.

Throughout his career in private practice and in the public sector, Mr. Prober has advised on some of the most high-profile, high-stakes and complex congressional and government investigations.

At DOJ, Mr. Prober handled all facets of the Department's responses to congressional oversight and investigations, which often involved parallel DOJ investigations and enforcement matters, as well as other related agency inquiries. In addition, Mr. Prober was responsible for engagement with the Inspector General's Office and the Government Accountability Office in its investigations, reviews and audits of the Department. His service at the Department came during a period that saw a particularly high volume of complex and high-profile investigations.

Mr. Prober brings this background in public service, coupled with more than a decade in private practice, to Akin Gump, where he represents companies, institutions and individuals in all aspects of government investigations. This includes not only congressional investigations and related parallel proceedings, but also DOJ and other agency matters, internal investigations, inspector general investigations, GAO investigations and state attorneys general investigations.

“We’ve long prided ourselves on offering our clients a top-tier white collar investigations team, comprising many lawyers with significant public service experience, and Rafi represents an ideal addition,” stated Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “He boasts a highly sought-after skillset that is extremely valuable for any organization facing a government investigation, congressional or otherwise. I’m thrilled to welcome him back to the firm.”

Added Steven R. Ross, co-head of Akin Gump’s congressional investigations practice, “There are few things that a company might face that is as daunting or high-stakes as a government investigation. With his government background and more than a decade in private practice advising companies facing governmental inquiries and investigations, Rafi is among the preeminent lawyers in this field. Our clients will benefit tremendously from the skills, knowledge and perspective that he brings, and I am excited that he is rejoining us.”

Stated Mr. Prober, “Over the past few years, we have witnessed an uptick in the number of congressional and other government-led investigations, and we expect that trend to continue. Against this backdrop, coming back to Akin Gump—a firm I know well, and which has one of the country’s premiere government investigations practices—was a very easy decision for me. I’m very much looking forward to putting my skills and experience to work on behalf of firm clients who are or may be facing government scrutiny.”