Natalie Hardwick Rao is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department. She primarily advises clients on white collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.

Ms. Rao has represented clients in connection with governmental investigations into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and other laws and regulations. She represents clients in investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and various Congressional committees.

Ms. Rao also counsels corporate clients, including large public companies across multiple industries, on compliance with anti-corruption laws, including in connection with the development, implementation, and enhancement of corporate compliance programs. She also frequently advises clients in connection with cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions, including pre-acquisition due diligence.

In addition, Ms. Rao has represented clients in a variety of litigation matters in federal courts and has experience with all stages of complex civil litigation matters.

In addition to her practice, Ms. Rao has worked on a variety of pro bono matters while at the firm. She formerly served as a member of the firm’s Training & Career Enhancement (TACE) Committee, which develops and oversees in-house training and mentoring programs for associates.

Prior to entering law school, Ms. Rao was a military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Ms. Rao’s representative experience includes:

  • Conducting internal investigations and representing clients facing criminal investigations by government enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, related to alleged violations of the FCPA and Sherman Antitrust Act
  • Performing transactional due diligence and counseling clients on the development of corporate anti-corruption compliance programs and policies
  • Advising a company and its partners in connection with investigations by and testimony before congressional intelligence committees

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • JD, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2011
    Order of the Coif
  • AB, Duke University, 2005