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Eli J. Richardson

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Nashville
(615) 742-7825 TEL
(615) 742-0416 FAX
  • Eli Richardson helps businesses and executives respond to internal scandals or external government investigations involving alleged white-collar crime. His private practice is informed by a successful career serving in high-profile positions with the Department of Justice (DOJ), including the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Eli works to devise and execute strategies to successfully navigate the particular criminal, financial and reputational risks facing his clients. He conducts internal investigations, advises on compliance policies, provides compliance training, proposes media strategies, conducts self-disclosure to government authorities, and asserts any rights the client might possess as a crime victim. He also represents clients under subpoena or investigation by DOJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission, various Offices of Inspector General, or other government enforcement agencies.

    Eli Richardson helps businesses and executives respond to internal scandals or external government investigations involving alleged white-collar crime. His private practice is informed by a successful career serving in high-profile positions with the Department of Justice (DOJ), including the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Eli works to devise and execute strategies to successfully navigate the particular criminal, financial and reputational risks facing his clients. He conducts internal investigations, advises on compliance policies, provides compliance training, proposes media strategies, conducts self-disclosure to government authorities, and asserts any rights the client might possess as a crime victim. He also represents clients under subpoena or investigation by DOJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission, various Offices of Inspector General, or other government enforcement agencies.

    Eli's experience includes assisting clients in connection with:

    • Financial fraud
    • Healthcare fraud
    • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) actions
    • Foreign and domestic corruption 

    Immediately prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Eli served 19 months overseas as DOJ's Resident Legal Advisor to Serbia, providing training, advice and case-specific assistance to Serbian judges, police and prosecutors. From 2004 to 2009, Eli was an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where in addition to prosecuting cases he served as Anti-terrorism Coordinator, head of the Terrorism and Official Corruption Unit, and finally Criminal Chief. From 2002 to 2004, Eli served as an AUSA in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey, investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of cases. Prior to that, he spent four years as an FBI Special Agent, working first on public-corruption investigations, and then on counterterrorism matters as the FBI's regional Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator.

    Eli serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Belmont University College of Law, where he teaches trial advocacy. During 2010, he served as an anti-corruption expert monitor for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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    The Tennessean's "Top 40 Under 40" 2005

    Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney 2009

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