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Rich Gallena represents companies and individuals in complex investigations and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.K. Serious Fraud Office (SFO), and other regulators. He frequently conducts internal investigations on behalf of clients and advises on anti-corruption and other regulatory issues. He has led investigations in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, working with a wide variety of multinational companies across a broad range of industries. 

Mr. Gallena is well-versed in DOJ and SEC compliance monitorships, and has had the unique experience of serving on a monitoring team, representing a company during a monitorship, and working for a company while under the supervision of a monitor. He also works with clients to improve compliance programs and conduct due diligence on third parties with an emphasis on anti-corruption concerns.

Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Mr. Gallena was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland’s Violent Crime & Gang Unit where he was awarded Outstanding Contribution to a Law Enforcement Initiative. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Mr. Gallena worked for an international law firm based in Washington, DC.

Representative Engagements
  • Represented an engineering, procurement, and construction company in DOJ, SEC, and SFO investigations into bribery allegations in Eastern Europe and Africa 
  • Represented an oil and gas services company in a DOJ investigation into bribery allegations in South America
  • Represented the CCO of a registered investment advisor in an SEC investigation
  • Represented the former CEO of software company in a DOJ/SEC investigation
  • Represented a medical device company during a DOJ-appointed monitorship
  • Served on DOJ-appointed monitorship team for a multinational petrochemical company and advised on improving the internal investigation function
  • Represented pharmaceutical and construction companies in World Bank and African Development Bank sanctions proceedings
  • Seconded to a medical device company and was responsible for all aspects of internal investigations into alleged Code of Conduct violations within Europe, Middle East, and Africa 
  • Engaged by a U.S. defense contractor to perform an independent investigation into alleged misconduct in Europe
  • Defended a protestor charged with rioting in connection with the 2017 Presidential Inauguration and achieved the dismissal of all charges following trial (United States v. Basillas, 2017-CF2-01334, D.C. Sup. Ct.)
  • Defended a Russian foreign national in connection with an alleged money laundering and bribery scheme (United States v. Mikerin, 2014-CR-00529, D. Md.)
Government Experience
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland, 2020 - 2022
Rankings and Recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2024
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland: Outstanding Contribution to a Law Enforcement Initiative (2020)
State Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
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