B.A., 1991, Yale University; J.D. 1995, University of Chicago
Mr. Austin is a Partner at McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP specializing in White-Collar Criminal Defense. He began his career as a lawyer as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section where he investigated and prosecuted violations of federal criminal civil rights statutes (police brutality and hate crimes) across the country. He then joined Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, where he worked on complex civil and white-collar criminal cases including a successful pro-bono lawsuit aimed at preventing racial profiling by the California Highway Patrol.
In 2002, he joined the D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office where he prosecuted domestic homicide, sexual assault and child prostitution cases until moving to the Fraud and Public Corruption Section where he investigated and prosecuted money laundering, federal program fraud, identity theft and mail and wire fraud cases. Over his career, Mr. Austin has tried 30 jury trials. He has been teaching Trial Advocacy at GW Law School since 2007.