Jenner & Block

Devi M. Rao is a litigator and a partner in the Appellate and Supreme Court; Content, Media, and Entertainment; and Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation practice groups.  She represents businesses and government entities in complex commercial litigation and civil, constitutional, and regulatory matters.

Ms. Rao’s practice spans a diverse range of substantive areas in a wide variety of industries including media, communications, automotive, and education.  In particular, she has experience handling complex commercial litigation and civil and regulatory matters facing copyright owners in the music and video game industries, representing clients in a wide range of cases in district court, before courts of appeals, and before the Copyright Royalty Board. 

In addition, Ms. Rao has significant experience with consumer class actions, both at the trial court and appellate levels.  She has also managed document reviews and data analyses in response to civil discovery as well as high-profile DOJ, congressional, and regulatory subpoenas.  Ms. Rao has extensive experience with compliance and enforcement issues surrounding Title IX and its intersection with due process protections, including litigating due process issues in student disciplinary proceedings on behalf of universities, leading training presentations for Title IX compliance officers, and working with schools to ensure their sexual assault and harassment policies and procedures are Title IX compliant.

Ms. Rao maintains an active pro bono practice, ranging from representing clients in investigations before Congress to authoring amicus briefs before Courts of Appeals, for clients such as the American Medical Association and the National Congress of American Indians. 

Ms. Rao received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005.  She received her J.D. in 2010 from Columbia University School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review.  Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Rao clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court.  Ms Rao previously worked as a Skadden Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center.