Meet Randall Eliason

Randall Eliason is a law professor (George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.), writer (, and commentator on corporate and white collar crime. He worked for 12 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. He spent the bulk of his time as an AUSA prosecuting white collar crime, and served more than two years as the Chief of the Public Corruption/Government Fraud section.

Randall is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies. While at the U.S. Attorney’s office, he lectured at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center in South Carolina and at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. He also served as the Professional Responsibility Officer for the Criminal Division.

Randall writes a blog on white collar crime and federal criminal law called Sidebars, which was named by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 legal blogs in 2016. He is a contributing columnist for the Washington Post. His writings on federal criminal law have been published in scholarly journals, legal periodicals, and national newspapersHe is a frequent commentator on issues related to corporate and white collar crime, with appearances on PBS’s Frontline, NBC’s Nightly News, NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, and CNBC.

For more than fifteen years Randall has taught white collar criminal law at George Washington University Law School. He also has taught courses at American University, Washington College of Law and at the Georgetown University Law Center, has guest lectured on white collar crime at Harvard Law School, and has served on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Randall speaks on the following topics:
  • Public Corruption in the Post-McDonnell Era
  • State and Local Corruption and Government Ethics
  • White Collar Criminal Investigations and Federal Grand Jury
  • Corporate Crime/Deferred Prosecution Agreements
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct
  • Media – Reporter’s Shield Laws

Randall received his J.D. cum laude in 1985 from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor and as co-chair of the Developments Office of the Harvard Law Review. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota in 1982.

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