Evan Norris, who led the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York’s prosecution team in the sprawling FIFA soccer corruption case, joined Cravath, Swaine & Moore this month as counsel.
Norris’ role at Cravath appears to be unique, as no other attorneys there are identified as litigation counsel, and the firm rarely hires outside attorneys for more senior positions. The firm employs two other attorneys in similar roles, one as special counsel handling corporate matters and another as of counsel in tax. A handful of retired partners hold senior counsel titles.
Norris spent the last decade in the Eastern District prosecutor’s office, most recently as director of the Justice Department’s FIFA Task Force, in which he led a case charging various FIFA officials and business executives with criminal racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.
Previously, Norris was chief of the national security and cybercrime section and deputy chief of the organized crime and racketeering section.
Norris was recognized with the 2017 J. Michael Bradford Memorial Award, presented annually by the National Association of Former United States Attorneys for the most outstanding performance by an assistant U.S. attorney.
As counsel at Cravath starting this month, Norris advises corporations, board members and executives on government and internal corporate investigations, white-collar criminal defense, regulatory compliance and related civil litigation.
Norris declined to comment on his new position at Cravath. In a statement, Daniel Slifkin, head of Cravath’s litigation department, said the firm’s investigations and white-collar defense team regularly handles investigations and enforcement actions around the world, and Norris’ “acumen and experience with domestic and international regulators will be a tremendous addition.”