Ira Raphaelson is a Senior Counsel in the Washington DC & Chicago offices of White & Case LLP where he provides strategic advice and counseling to clients around the world. Ira is among a handful of lawyers who has been a senior executive and general counsel of public companies, independent director, law firm partner, Presidential appointee, career prosecutor, and academic. Ira’s extensive courtroom and boardroom experience in venues around the world make him a pragmatic and effective business and governance counselor, as well as strategic planner for bet the company litigation and market-entry. In 1991, he was nominated by President George HW Bush and confirmed to serve as Special Counsel for Financial Institutions Crime in the Department of Justice, where he also served as Counselor to then Attorney General William P. Barr. In 2017, Ira designed and taught a course at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law on entering foreign markets which he also taught in 2018. He is Lead Independent Director of NASDAQ-listed Inspired Entertainment Inc., where he chairs the Governance & Compliance Committee and serves as a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.
Ira has been an author and lecturer on corporate investigations and governance for more than a quarter century. His presence as a General Counsel and the compliance programs he designed have been cited as mitigating factors by DOJ, SEC and regulators.