About Rachel M. Riley

Rachel Riley focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and related civil litigation. These matters may involve healthcare fraud, embezzlement, securities fraud, public corruption and other matters. Rachel has successfully prevented indictments and obtained favorable sentences for clients before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other state and federal agencies. She has served as trial counsel and argued dispositive motions in both state and federal court.

Knowing the prosecutor's business and the client's is vital to the defense

Rachel has worked for numerous former federal prosecutors and understands how the Department of Justice approaches a case. She also knows that knowledge of her client's business is key to building a defense against charges. It is also important in order to properly advise a company or individual on how to avoid problems in the future.

Rachel recently drafted and successfully argued a motion to suppress in a federal case resulting in the dismissal of two counts. On the remaining count, Rachel and a colleague obtained a rare back-time plea deal for their client resulting in his immediate release from jail. The case was featured in a front-page Dallas Morning News article.

Before joining Katten, Rachel worked for another firm where she had the privilege of working exclusively under former federal prosecutors.

During law school, Rachel was a staff editor for The SMU Science and Technology Law Review. She also interned for the Honorable Judge Jane Boyle in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas and for the Honorable Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers, Texas Court of Appeals, Fifth District.

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Practice Focus

  • Litigation
  • White collar and internal investigations
  • Health care

Representative Experience

  • First chair of bench trial in breach of contract dispute. Secured win.  *
  • Represented client charged via complaint with theft at the state level. Obtained a no-bill from the grand jury.  *
  • Represented key witness charged with conspiracy in a large-scale public corruption case. Obtained sentence of probation.  *
  • Represented large retailer in conducting an internal investigation regarding a matter under FINRA’s jurisdiction.  *
  • Represented large financial services company in conducting an internal investigation regarding a matter under the SEC’s jurisdiction. Also advised in defense of a shareholder class-action lawsuit alleging securities law violations.  *
  • Represented individual charged with criminal violations of the FDCA for the promotion and sale of synthetic marijuana.  *
  • Represented dietary supplement company owner under investigation for alleged criminal FDCA violations.  *
  • Represented executive in alleged health care fraud scheme.  *
  • Represented professional athlete in alleged criminal tax evasion scheme.  *
  • Represented federally insured financial institution in relation to a cybersecurity breach and the compromise of personally identifiable information. *
  • Represented industrial gas company in internal investigation regarding a special inquiry issued by the US Department of Energy Inspector General in conjunction with the Defense Contract Audit Agency concerning the alleged misuse of government contract funds.  *
* Experience prior to Katten