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Leading Federal Prosecutor Joins Paul, Weiss

February 4, 2015 read the press release

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP announced today that Richard C. Tarlowe, Chief of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and a former member of its Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force, will join the firm as counsel in its litigation department, where he will focus on white-collar criminal defense, cybercrime, government investigations and high-stakes litigation.

"We are thrilled to welcome Richard to our firm," said Paul, Weiss chair Brad S. Karp. "Richard is a brilliant prosecutor, with an extraordinary record of achievement across several cutting-edge disciplines, who will enhance our world class white-collar defense practice."

"It's a tremendous privilege to join Paul, Weiss," said Mr. Tarlowe. "I am thrilled about the opportunity to practice with the firm and most especially its outstanding and esteemed litigators."

"Richard is a perfect fit for Paul, Weiss," said Theodore V. Wells, Jr., partner and co-chair of the litigation department. "We recently welcomed his former colleague Lorin Reisner to the firm and, together with our other talented white-collar defense partners, they offer clients unmatched experience in these matters."

At the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Tarlowe oversaw the investigation and prosecution of sophisticated financial frauds, cybercrimes, FCPA violations, criminal tax offenses and health care fraud. He played a critical role in the Government's crackdown on insider trading, handling some of the Office's most significant and high-profile matters. Significantly, Mr. Tarlowe was a lead trial attorney in the successful insider trading prosecution of former Goldman Sachs Board member Rajat Gupta, and he successfully defended Gupta's conviction on appeal. Mr. Tarlowe also oversaw a range of significant matters as Chief of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit, including the prosecution of Liberty Reserve, a leading digital currency company, and its principals, in the largest-ever international money laundering case; the Long Island Railroad Disability Fraud, a $1 billion scheme in which hundreds of LIRR workers fraudulently obtained disability benefits using corrupt doctors, with all 33 defendants convicted; multiple investigations and prosecutions stemming from computer network intrusions and significant data breaches at government entities and private corporations; and the seizure of the Silk Road website, an online criminal marketplace used to sell drugs and other illegal goods to over 100,000 people, which also involved the largest-ever seizure of Bitcoins.

Mr. Tarlowe was named a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal in 2014. In addition, for his role in the prosecution of Rajat Gupta, he received the Director's Award for Superior Performance.

Mr. Tarlowe received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and his A.B. from Duke University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduating law school, he worked as an investment banking associate for Goldman, Sachs & Co.

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