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She is a white collar criminal defense lawyer with more than a quarter-century of trial experience. Claire served as Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina before joining Womble Carlyle.
Claire Rauscher brings more than 25 years of courtroom experience to Womble Carlyle’s White Collar Criminal Defense team. Claire focuses her practice on complex white collar litigation, and has represented clients in all phases of state and federal proceedings, including pre-indictment investigations, grand jury practice and criminal trials.
Her experience includes handling matters and trials involving:
In addition to her litigation experience, Claire conducts corporate internal investigations and assists clients in developing and implementing compliance programs. She also counsels clients in responding to subpoenas, search warrants and other white collar inquiries. Several of her most difficult matters have been resolved favorably without charges or publicity.
Before joining Womble Carlyle, Claire served as the first Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina where she managed the 32-person office and provided representation to defendants in the criminal courts of the United States District Court of the Western District of North Carolina.
"An FCPA Survival Guide for U.S. Companies - How U.S. Corporate Leaders can avoid the U.S. Government's Wrath in the New Global Marketplace," Greater Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel, August 2015
"Creating Compliance Strategies for a Hypothetical Tax and Employment Law", Association of Corporate Counsel Advanced Compliance Education Summit, New Orleans, April 2015
Is it Over Yet? Sentencing Trends and How Best to Prepare, North Carolina Bar Association White Collar CLE, April 2015
“Winning Your Case Through Motions”, C.J.A. Panel Annual Seminar on Federal Criminal Practice, Western District of North Carolina, April 2015
Tips and Trends in Federal Criminal Trials-Can Your Client Afford to Go to Trial and Other Issues, American College of Trial Lawyers-NC meeting, March 2015
“FTC Compliance & Enforcement: How to Remain Compliant with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (and what to do if you still get in trouble)”, Association of Corporate Counsel Ethics and Compliance Committee Webcast, December 2014
“The Paper Chase: Winning Your Case Through Motions”, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual White Collar Seminar, November 2014
“Performing a Risk Assessment and Management of Findings-Building the Base for Compliance Programs and Company Policies”, 2014 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, October 2014
“How to be Ready When Compliance Policies and Procedures Fail”, Association of Corporate Counsel Ethics and Compliance Committee Webcast, November 2013
“To Catch a Thief-Protecting Your Business from Intruders”, Ballantyne Briefings Business Group, November 2013
Perspectives on the Anti-Corruption Statutes: The UK Anti-Bribery Act of 2010, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Doing Business Internationally, British American Business Council of North Carolina, May 2013
“To Catch a Thief-You Don’t Need to be a Criminal to Think Like One”, National Webcast, Association of Corporate Counsel, June 2012
“Ten Big Pitfalls of Companies that Don’t Often Get Sued”, Association of Corporate Counsel (Local Chapter), April 2012
Speaker, Office of Defender Services National Training Branch Programs, 1998 to present
Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Federal Practice Seminars, 1994-present
“All Star Advocacy,” Mecklenburg County Bar, January 2009
“Criminal Defense in a Post-9/11 World,” North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, September 2004
“Double Jeopardy Issues,” Wake Forest University CLE Criminal Practice Program, September 1999
“How to Handle Difficult Clients,” Mecklenburg County Bar Association, January 1996
Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense
Prior Legal Experience
Below are some recent representative matters:
Conducted internal investigation into employee misconduct at large medical testing laboratory
Conducted internal investigation at medical device manufacturer after FBI search. Successfully avoided corporate criminal prosecution on allegations of government contract fraud
Securities Fraud, Wire Fraud and Other Complex Crimes
Defended CEO of Florida community bank charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and false statements. Obtained a significant sentencing departure.
Counsel at trial for former chief accounting officer of a large homebuilder facing conspiracy, securities fraud and obstruction charges
Obtained mistrial in large-scale racketeering mortgage fraud trial involving over 85 defendants
Represented individual charged in large scale nation-wide investment/Ponzi scheme at trial
Represents directors, executives and witnesses before federal and state grand juries
Defended accountant against bank fraud allegations involving a luxury golf development resulting in a reduced charge and probationary sentence
Defended a large public utility in grand jury investigation into environment crimes
False Claims Act and Qui Tam (whistleblower) Defense
Successfully negotiated qui tam resolution where the government rejected the majority of the whistleblower’s claims against medical device manufacturer
Compliance and Risk Assessments
Conducted compliance and risk assessment for major agricultural company. Implemented controls and assessed security and employment risks
Conducted training and consultation on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for large international fiber manufacturer