Arun G. Rao has served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Consumer Protection Branch since May 2021. In that capacity, he leads Department of Justice efforts to enforce laws that protect Americans’ health, safety, economic security, and identity integrity through both criminal and affirmative civil enforcement cases across the country. Arun also supervises defense of the Food and Drug Administration and other federal consumer protection agencies in district court litigation.
Arun previously served as the President of Investigative Group International, Inc. (IGI) and Principal of The Lenzner Firm, P.C., where he directed due diligence and corporate internal investigations and advised clients on crisis and risk management. From 2015 to 2017, he served as Chief of the Southern Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. Arun also was a Deputy Associate Counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel from 2012 to 2013.
Arun initially joined the Department of Justice in 2007 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee. Before that, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office and an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, New York. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law, and clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.