Randall Eliason

Adjunct Professor of Law

Randall D. Eliason spent twelve years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, working in various areas including misdemeanors, grand jury, narcotics, general felonies, and the Violent Crime Unit. For more than eight years, he specialized in white collar crime as a member of the Public Corruption/Government Fraud section. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Chief of that section, supervising a staff of eleven AUSA’s prosecuting white collar cases in federal court.

Professor Eliason 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 (ethics advisor) for the Criminal Division.

He is a frequent media commentator on issues related to corporate and white collar crime, and has appeared on PBS’s Frontline, NBC’s Nightly News, NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN, MSNBC, and elsewhere. His writings on federal criminal law have been published in law reviews, legal periodicals, and newspapers including the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Professor Eliason was in private practice at the Washington, D.C. law firms of Hogan & Hartson and Zuckerman, Spaeder, where his practice involved civil litigation in a wide variety of areas.

He currently teaches a course on white collar crime at the American University, Washington College of Law and the George Washington University Law School. In 2008, the students at GW law school presented him with the Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award.

He 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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Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Harvard Law School 1985
  • B.A., University of North Dakota 1982