Richard Ben-Veniste is a highly respected litigator who focuses on complex civil litigation and white collar criminal cases. He also advises organizations and individuals involved in congressional investigations across a broad range of complex and sensitive areas. Mr. Ben-Veniste first achieved national prominence during the mid-1970s, when he served as one of the lead prosecutors on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. Recognized as both a knowledgeable and experienced counselor and as a skilled and accomplished trial lawyer, he has been a key figure in some of the nation’s most significant governmental activities at the intersection of law and politics. From 1995 to 1996, for example, he acted as Chief Counsel (Minority) of the Senate Whitewater Committee; from 1976 to 1977, he was Special Outside Counsel for the Senate Subcommittee on Governmental Operations; and from 1973 to 1975, he held the position of Chief of the Watergate Special Prosecutor’s Watergate Task Force. From 2003 to 2004, Richard served as one of ten commissioners on the bipartisan 9-11 Commission, and, in 2009 he served on a task force created by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to assess the national alert system and make recommendations for improvement.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2002, Richard was a partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Ben-Veniste and Shernoff. From 1968 to 1973 he served as Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York where he was Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section.
Mr. Ben-Veniste has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1975, The Best Lawyers in America since 1983, and Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers in Washington, DC since 1992, when the list first appeared. Mr. Ben-Veniste received a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 1964 and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 1967. He is a member of the Aspen Homeland Security Group and is a member of the board of trustees of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.