ProfessionalsRichard C. Tarlowe

Richard C. Tarlowe

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New York, NY 10019-6064
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Richard Tarlowe, a former federal prosecutor and a partner in the Litigation Department, focuses his practice on white collar and regulatory defense, government investigations, cybersecurity and high-stakes litigation. Richard regularly counsels corporations and senior executives in internal investigations and in all stages of criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings.


Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Richard served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit and a member of its Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force. Richard oversaw the investigation and prosecution of a wide array of white collar matters, including sophisticated financial frauds, cybercrimes, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, criminal tax offenses and health care fraud. He played a critical role in the government's crackdown on insider trading and litigated some of the most significant and high-profile securities fraud trials in the country, including the successful insider trading prosecution of Rajat Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs board member and chair of McKinsey & Co. Richard also handled cases involving public corruption, investment advisor fraud, accounting fraud and market manipulation. During his eight-year tenure as a federal prosecutor, Richard conducted numerous jury trials and briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to his service as a federal prosecutor, Richard worked at another law firm in New York City where he focused on white collar and regulatory defense and internal investigations.

Richard's representations include:

  • a Fortune 50 company and several of its executives in connection with a revenue recognition investigation conducted by the Securities & Exchange Commission;
  • former public-company CEOs in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations and private securities litigation relating to allegations of accounting fraud and financial restatements;
  • a prominent hedge fund and its founder in an insider trading lawsuit brought by the SEC;
  • the audit committee of the board of directors of a public company in connection with parallel criminal and civil FCPA investigations conducted by the SEC and the U.S. Department of Justice;
  • a financial institution in global investigations of its compliance with Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering requirements; 
  • the audit committee of the board of directors of a public company in connection with a criminal accounting fraud investigation and prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York;
  • a senior executive of a financial institution in connection with investigations conducted by the SEC, DOJ and a Congressional committee;
  • the former chief compliance officer of a hedge fund in an SEC insider trading investigation; and
  • a physician who was acquitted of all charges following a criminal trial related to professional misconduct.

Richard is currently recommended by The Legal 500 in the Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense category. Richard 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 Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance. Richard serves as Co-Chair of the UJA White Collar & Securities Enforcement Group.

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