Jenner & Block

Kristin L. Rakowski is a litigator who focuses her practice on corporate compliance, white collar investigations and monitorships, and white collar defense.  She regularly counsels corporations on assessing compliance risks and implementing compliance improvements.  She also conducts internal investigations and monitorships across the globe, and defends corporate and individual clients faced with external allegations of wrongdoing.  Her defense representations have included investigations and proceedings initiated by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and other regulatory agencies.  In addition, Ms. Rakowski has represented clients in criminal and civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels.  Her legal experience spans a variety of substantive issues, including financial fraud, tax evasion, health care fraud, theft of intellectual property, cross-border privacy and data protection issues in investigations, compliance with securities regulations, and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Ms. Rakowski is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice.  She has published on a variety of topics, including FCPA developments and enforcement, constitutional criminal procedure, and appellate practice and procedure. She previously taught Appellate Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. 

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recognized Ms. Rakowski for Excellence in Pro Bono Service for her role on a firm team that reduced a significant default judgment to just $3 in nominal damages.  As part of her active pro bono practice, she has also represented clients before the Cook County Criminal Court, Cook County Domestic Violence Court, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Rakowski clerked for Judge David H. Coar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and served as a staff law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.