Eric Rosen

Partner, Boston

Eric Rosen is a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor whose practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation. Eric was the lead prosecutor in “Operation Varsity Blues,” the seminal case widely known as the college admissions scandal, one of the largest white-collar crime prosecutions in United States history.

From May 2012 through October 2020, Eric was an Assistant United States Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Boston, Massachusetts.  While serving as a federal prosecutor, Eric prosecuted more than 250 defendants for a wide variety of federal crimes, including: wire and mail fraud, securities fraud, investor fraud, bribery, health care fraud, drug misbranding, money laundering, drug trafficking, racketeering, smuggling, and firearms offenses.   Eric also tried, as lead and co-counsel, numerous criminal cases before federal juries, both in Pittsburgh and Boston. In March 2018, Eric began the “Operation Varsity Blues” investigation that led, a year later, to charges against approximately 50 individuals for fraud, bribery and money laundering offenses related to the college admissions process. Eric’s work in the landmark prosecution, which generated significant worldwide media attention, has been widely profiled by national and international publications, including the Boston Globe, the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today.  In addition, Eric’s role as the lead prosecutor was chronicled in the July 2020 book “Unacceptable,” written by two Wall Street Journal reporters. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eric was a litigation associate at Richards, Kibbe and Orbe LLP, a New York-based boutique law firm.  While at that law firm, Eric represented clients in complex commercial litigation matters and in investigations conducted by FINRA, the SEC, and the Department of Justice.  Eric also conducted multiple internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients. Eric began his legal career by serving for three years as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, primarily working on criminal appeals.

Since leaving government service, Eric has been sought-after to represent clients in high-stakes criminal and civil litigation nationwide, including:

  • Defending multiple individuals in Department of Justice international money laundering investigations;

  • Defending individual in DOJ insider-trading investigation;

  • Defending individual in federal civil asset forfeiture proceedings and criminal computer fraud and abuse act investigation;

  • Defending individual in novel crypto-asset case currently being litigated in Colorado state court;

  • Representing individuals under investigation by the Massachusetts state police;

  • Representing foreign crypto-asset management company in asset recovery investigation and litigation;

  • Representing tech executive in third-party deposition;

  • Representing non-fungible token (NFT) company in responding to online attacks;

  • Representing plaintiffs in multiple securities fraud class-actions;

  • Representing foreign defendant in a class-action concerning an initial coin offering that is currently being litigated in federal court in the Western District of Pennsylvania;

  • Representing individual in crypto-currency escrow account dispute; and,

  • Representing crypto-mining company executive in “Founder’s dispute”.

In addition to his work on the Varsity Blues case, Eric also prosecuted and investigated numerous other high-profile white-collar cases, including the:

  • Prosecution of individuals associated with an Internet-based “pharmacy” located in India for drug misbranding, smuggling, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and other crimes.

  • Prosecution of individuals associated with the Switzerland-based Silverton asset management company. This prosecution, conducted in parallel with the Securities and Exchange Commission, was one of the largest microcap securities fraud cases ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice, and it resulted in the conviction of numerous individuals in the United States and abroad.

  • Prosecution of individuals who embezzled millions of dollars from a Massachusetts-based services company.

  • Prosecution of a New Jersey investment advisor for operating a securities fraud “cherry picking” scheme.

  • Prosecution of multiple individuals for a bribery scheme related to proxy voting by institutional shareholders.

  • Investigation of individuals for insider trading.

  • Columbia Law School, J.D.

  • School of Oriental and African Studies, LLM

  • Harvard College, B.A. cum laude in Government

  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts

  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

  • Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office (New York, New York)

  • Quoted, “Mass. Pot Bribe Case Shows No-Jail Plea Deals Are No Lock,” Law360, Jun. 15, 2021

  • Profiled, “Varsity Blues Prosecutor Surprised by Public Outrage at College Admissions Scandal,” WGBH 89.7 FM, Mar. 29, 2021.

  • Quoted, “Crime and Hollywood: In Cherry, the Bank Robber Is the Victim. What about the Teller He Held Up?,” The Intercept, Mar. 13, 2021.

  • Presenter, “A Look Inside the Varsity Blues College Admissions Cheating Scandal,” Daniels Fund at Univ. of Colorado, Mar. 10, 2021

  • Keynote Presentation, “The Rise of Decentralized Finance,” Harvard Law School Blockchain & Fintech Initiative, Mar. 4, 2021

  • Profiled, “Varsity Blues” college scam prosecutor joins litigation boutique,” Reuters Legal, Jan. 14, 2021.

  • Profiled, “Varsity Blues attorney turns to Private Practice & An A-Rod Suit,” Law360, Jan. 14, 2021.

  • Quoted, “Boston Bar Welcomes Shift in Focus Under Biden US Attorney,” Law360, Nov. 8, 2020.

  • Massachusetts

  • New York

  • U.S. District Court: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

  • U.S. District Court: District of Massachusetts

  • U.S. District Court: Western District of Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court: Colorado

  • Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., Southern District of New York