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Evan Norris

Counsel, Litigation

Evan Norris is counsel 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 represents clients in matters concerning the FCPA, commercial bribery, antitrust laws, anti‑money laundering controls, economic sanctions, data privacy and cybersecurity, with particular emphasis on cross‑border, multi‑jurisdictional investigations.

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 (EDNY), where he conducted and supervised the prosecution of a range of white collar cases, including corruption, corporate fraud, insider trading, criminal tax, cybercrime and export control cases. Most recently, he served as Director of the Department of Justice’s Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Task Force and the lead prosecutor of the groundbreaking FIFA case, spearheading a global investigation of corruption in international soccer in one of the most significant prosecutions ever brought by the Department. Mr. Norris led the team prosecuting the indicted case, United States v. Jeffrey Webb, et al., the case unsealed in May 2015 charging various FIFA officials and business executives with criminal racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. He also supervised teams of prosecutors from EDNY and the DOJ’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section conducting multiple related investigations of individuals and entities, including an Argentine company that entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with significant forfeitures and monetary penalties. Mr. Norris led the Department’s collaboration with foreign enforcement authorities throughout Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, and he worked closely with the DOJ’s Office of International Affairs in overseeing all mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) requests, as well as all requests for extradition, the issuance of Interpol red notices and the freezing and seizure of assets.

During his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Norris also held a number of other leadership positions, including serving as Deputy Chief and then Chief of the National Security & Cybercrime Section from 2012 to 2015. In those roles, he supervised over 20 prosecutors, investigators and staff working on cybercrime, export and sanctions enforcement, counterespionage and counterterrorism cases, and was also appointed to serve as the District’s primary liaison with the DOJ’s National Security Division and members of the intelligence community on cyber investigations involving state actors. From 2011 to 2012, he served as Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section. 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, 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 was 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 is the Membership Officer for the International Bar Association’s Business Crime Committee.

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 Judge Richard M. Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the Iranian American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. Mr. Norris joined Cravath in 2017.

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

Mr. Norris is admitted only in New York.

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