Richard Zabel

Lecturer in Law


Beginning September 8, 2015, Richard B. Zabel will be the General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer at Elliott Management Corporation.  Mr. Zabel served as the Deputy United States Attorney from October 2011 until June 30, 2015, and from October 2009 until October 2011 served as the Chief of the Criminal Division, at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. From 1999 until 2009, prior to rejoining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Zabel was a partner at the law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP where he was co-head of the firmwide litigation practice.  His practice focused on white collar criminal defense, SEC investigations, corporate internal investigations, complex civil litigation and appeals.  

Before joining Akin Gump, Mr. Zabel served for eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  During his tenure, he prosecuted a variety of cases involving securities fraud, obstruction of justice, racketeering, firearms and narcotics charges, and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.  Mr. Zabel served as Chief of the Narcotics Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and has received numerous awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Mr. Zabel received his A.B. summa cum laude in 1983 from Princeton University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and afterward a Fulbright Scholar. He received his J.D. in 1987 from Harvard Law School where he was Best Oralist in the Ames Moot Court Competition.  He has taught as an adjunct professor of criminal law at the Fordham University School of Law.  He is a member of the New York Bar, the Federal Bar Council and the New York Inn of Court.

Written Works
•    “In Pursuit of Justice, Prosecuting Terrorism Cases in the Federal Courts:  2009 Update and Recent Developments,” Human Rights First, July 2009
•    “In Pursuit of Justice, Prosecuting Terrorism Cases in the Federal Courts,” Human Rights First, May 2008
•    “Congress’ Role in Investigating Fraud:  Are Legislators’ Aggressive Approaches in Hearings Helping or Hindering the Process?” New York Law Journal
•    “Reviewing Materiality in Accounting Fraud,” New York Law Journal
•    “Queen for a Day” or “Courtesan for a Day,” Andrews White Collar Reporter
•    “Recent Activity by the Sentencing Commission,” White Collar Crime Reporter
•    “Amending the Sentencing Guidelines,” New York Law Journal