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Evan Norris

Partner, Litigation

Evan Mehran Norris is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department and a former federal prosecutor. His practice focuses on advising U.S. and multinational companies, board members and senior executives with respect to government and internal corporate investigations, criminal defense, regulatory compliance and related civil litigation.

An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Mr. Norris has represented clients in a variety of sensitive matters concerning the FCPA, commercial bribery, corporate fraud, anti‑money laundering controls, economic sanctions, antitrust laws, securities fraud, data privacy and cybersecurity, with particular emphasis on cross‑border, multi‑jurisdictional investigations. He has worked across many industries, including in the energy, aircraft, metals and mining, construction, spirits, pharmaceutical, commercial real estate and banking sectors.

Prior to joining Cravath, Mr. Norris served for 10 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He was the lead prosecutor of the groundbreaking FIFA case, spearheading a global investigation of corruption in international soccer in one of the most far‑reaching cross‑border corruption cases ever brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. As lead prosecutor and later as the first Director of the Justice Department’s FIFA Task Force, Mr. Norris led the DOJ’s collaboration with foreign enforcement authorities throughout Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. He also worked closely with the DOJ’s Office of International Affairs, the FBI’s overseas Legal Attaché offices and the U.S. State Department in overseeing all MLAT requests, as well as all requests for extradition, Interpol red notices and the freezing and seizure of assets.

Mr. Norris also conducted and supervised the prosecution of a range of other white collar cases during his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including corporate fraud, insider trading, criminal tax, export control and sanctions cases, and was appointed to a number of other leadership positions, including Chief of the National Security & Cybercrime Section. In the latter role, he supervised over 20 prosecutors, investigators and staff working on matters ranging from international data breaches to industrial espionage and corporate insider cyber attacks, and coordinated closely with the DOJ’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and National Security Division.

During his time as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Norris conducted numerous jury trials and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also lectured at conferences and industry events on topics ranging from data privacy to cybersecurity and white collar criminal enforcement, and he trained other prosecutors at the DOJ’s national training center on the conduct of international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations.

Mr. Norris earned a number of awards and commendations for his work as a prosecutor, including the 2017 J. Michael Bradford Memorial Award, presented annually by the National Association of Former United States Attorneys for the most outstanding performance by an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the Department of Justice.

From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Norris served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where he co‑taught a seminar on federal criminal prosecution. He continues to lecture at universities and in other forums on topics ranging from FCPA enforcement, the use and scope of the RICO statute, the extraterritorial application of U.S. laws and corporate governance.

Mr. Norris was born in Dallas, Texas. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science from Columbia College in 1999 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002, where he was a member of the Legal Aid Bureau. After graduating from law school, Mr. Norris clerked for Hon. Richard M. Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a member of the Iranian American Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association and the International Bar Association, for which he serves as the Business Crime Committee’s Membership Officer. Mr. Norris joined Cravath in 2017 and became partner in 2020.

Mr. Norris may be reached by phone at +1‑212-474-1524 or by email at

Mr. Norris is admitted only in New York.

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