Jenner & Block

Devi M. Rao is an associate in the litigation department and a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court, Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation and Privacy and Information Governance Practice Groups.  She represents businesses and government entities in complex commercial litigation and civil and regulatory matters.

Ms. Rao’s practice has spanned a wide variety of substantive areas including securities, patent litigation, and education.  In particular, she has experience handling complex commercial litigation and civil and regulatory matters on a range of subjects arising from the financial crisis and impacting the financial services sector, including mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, and consumer protection.  Clients rely on Ms. Rao to analyze and advise on issues relating to governmental enforcement, including, for example, with respect to the impact of federal and state law on mortgage  servicing and loss mitigation requirements.  She has also assisted in planning and managing document reviews and data analyses, for example, in response to high-profile civil and regulatory subpoenas.  Ms. Rao has extensive experience with compliance and enforcement issues surrounding Title IX, including 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 Landlord-Tenant court to authoring amicus briefs before Courts of Appeals, for clients such as Lambda Legal 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.