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Evan Norris

Partner, Litigation

Evan Mehran Norris, a former federal prosecutor, focuses his practice 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, with particular emphasis on cross‑border, multijurisdictional investigations.

An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Mr. Norris has represented clients in a variety of sensitive matters concerning the FCPA, corporate fraud, trade sanctions, money laundering, cybersecurity, data privacy and securities fraud. He has worked across many industries, including in the energy, aircraft, automotive, metals and mining, construction, spirits, pharmaceutical, consumer products, 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 enforcement efforts against individuals and corporations, securing over two dozen resolutions including multiple corporate criminal resolutions, and also led the Department’s collaboration with foreign enforcement authorities throughout the world. 

Mr. Norris also conducted and supervised a range of other white collar investigations and prosecutions during his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including insider trading, FCPA, corporate fraud, criminal tax, industrial espionage and export control cases, and was appointed to a number of other leadership positions, including Chief of the National Security & Cybercrime Section. In the latter role, he was responsible for supervising matters ranging from international data breaches and corporate insider cyberattacks to counterterrorism, counterintelligence and sanctions cases.

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, including the process for freezing and seizing assets located overseas.

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, extradition and the use of MLATs and Interpol red notices, the extraterritorial application of U.S. laws and corporate governance. 

Mr. Norris was born in Dallas, Texas. He received a B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science from Columbia College in 1999 and a 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 served as a law clerk to 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 was elected a partner in 2019.

Mr. Norris is admitted only in New York.

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