ProfessionalsJeannie S. Rhee
A partner in the Litigation Department and the hiring partner for the Washington, D.C. office, Jeannie Rhee is a versatile litigator and former prosecutor who tries significant civil, white-collar and regulatory matters, handles complex anti-corruption and other sensitive internal investigations, and advises clients in cybersecurity and data-privacy matters.
From May 2017 to 2019, Jeannie worked with Robert Mueller in the Special Counsel’s Office, where she led the team investigating Russian cyber, social media and intelligence efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Jeannie's team was responsible for many of the office’s significant accomplishments: the two Russia-related indictments, the prosecution of Trump associate Roger Stone, and the guilty pleas of attorney Michael Cohen and campaign advisor George Papadopoulos. Jeannie also helped secure the guilty plea of former campaign manager Paul Manafort. She served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel between 2009 and 2011 and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia between 2000 and 2006. As an AUSA she handled more than 30 jury and bench trials involving public corruption, healthcare fraud, national security violations and other issues, and served as lead counsel in a congressional corruption investigation.
Jeannie has been named one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation in 2020. She was also recently honored as the 2020 “Woman Lawyer of the Year” by the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Jeannie’s representations include:
- Comtech Telecommunications as lead counsel in an expedited material adverse event litigation in the Delaware Chancery Court arising from termination of a major merger agreement for failure to obtain required foreign regulatory approval. Comtech reached a favorable settlement on the eve of trial, which allowed Comtech to terminate the agreement for a fraction of the deal price and ended the litigation.
- A leading optical networking technology company in litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery arising from termination of a merger agreement for failure to obtain required foreign regulatory approval. Litigation resulted in revision of merger agreement to increase merger consideration by nearly $2 billion.
- Represent a major card brand in multidistrict antitrust litigation brought by putative classes of US merchants, as well as in related opt-out actions, challenging fees and rules governing payment card transactions;
- Represented a multinational financial technology company in the defense of a misrepresentation claim in the sale and implementation of its signature high-end accounting software;
- Represented a social media company and several of its directors and executives in the defense of a securities class action brought by investors;
- Represented the former Chief Accounting Officer of a national homebuilder at federal district court trial for conspiracy to commit securities fraud and obstruction of justice;
- Represented a large defense contractor in arbitration trial for fraud and misrepresentation;
- Represented a major government contractor in various claims disputes and whistleblower litigation over nuclear waste cleanup efforts; and
- Defended a major financial institution and employees in litigation brought by the bankruptcy trustee of a collapsed money management firm involving claims of fraud and commercial bribery in connection with the purchase of collateralized debt obligations.
- Representing a prominent online company in internal investigations related to violations of conduct on the platform;
- Represented a parent multinational company in federal criminal and civil investigations of former subsidiary’s marketing and sales practices of an opioid drug;
- Represented a major national sports league in internal investigation of disciplinary practices for player misconduct;
- Represented a major multinational bank in federal criminal cross-border money laundering and tax evasion investigations;
- Represented a major financial institution and several employees in multiple agency investigations and prosecutions of potential mismarking and internal controls violations in the aftermath of significant losses;
- Represented a financial lender in federal criminal and civil investigations and prosecution of fraudulent practices involving government guaranteed loans;
- Represented a former federal agent in federal criminal investigation and prosecution of conspiracy, immigration fraud, and improper access to classified information;
- Represented a former employee of a financial services company in federal criminal tax shelter investigation and prosecution;
- Conducted an internal investigation for the special committee of a technology company regarding allegations of stock options backdating;
- Defended a major pharmaceutical company in federal criminal and civil investigations into alleged off-label drug promotion; and
- Represented a private secondary institution in an internal investigation of its handling of sexual misconduct and harassment claims.
- Represented a large defense contractor in multiple federal agency investigations in connection with a headline cybersecurity/insider threat incident and the leak of classified information;
- Represented major retailer and financial institutions in connection with numerous serious data breach incidents involving personally identifiable information and payment card data, including notice to millions of customers, PCI DSS forensic investigations, and related regulatory inquiries;
- Represented customers and providers in payment card breaches involving e-commerce sites, PCI DSS forensic investigations, national and international notice, third party liability issues and related regulatory and law enforcement inquiries; and
- Represented professional service providers in connection with cyber intrusions, ransom demands, related forensic investigation and law enforcement inquiries.