Richard E. Drooyan focuses his practice on civil litigation, white collar criminal defense and securities enforcement matters. He has extensive trial experience both at the government and in private practice, having tried more than 40 criminal and civil jury trials. He was formerly a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
In his civil practice, Mr. Drooyan has handled several qui tam lawsuits and represented major law firms in connection with high stakes civil litigation. Representative matters include the following:
On the criminal side, Mr. Drooyan has represented numerous public companies and individuals in federal grand jury, SEC, and other government investigations, including, for example, the representation of the Chief Executive Office of a publicly traded company in an investigation that resulted in a declination of prosecution by the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice.
Mr. Drooyan previously served for over 14 years in the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, where he held numerous leadership positions, including Chief Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division, and Chief of the Major Frauds and Criminal Complaints sections. As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division, he tried numerous cases, including racketeering, securities fraud, murder, bank robbery, extortion, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and obstruction of justice cases, and argued numerous cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
As the Chief Assistant United States Attorney under United States Attorneys Robert C. Bonner and Nora Manella, he supervised Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal, Civil and Tax Divisions, and conducted an extensive political corruption investigation involving the political activities of W. Patrick Moriarty, the owner of Red Devil Fireworks. He also had supervisory responsibility for certain priority criminal investigations and cases, including the investigation and prosecution of United States Congressman Jay C. Kim for election violations. His responsibilities also included interfacing with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. on sensitive investigations, personnel issues, Congressional inquiries, and Department policies.
As the Chief of the Criminal Division, he supervised approximately 165 Assistant United States Attorneys and was responsible for the review and approval of prosecutive decisions in all significant criminal cases. He also had direct supervisory responsibility for a number of priority criminal matters.
Mr. Drooyan has served as the President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, General Counsel to the County Commission on Jail Violence, General Counsel to the Rampart Independent Review Panel, Deputy General Counsel to the Christopher Commission, and as a member of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Airport Security. He is currently the Special Implementation Monitor for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors overseeing reforms in the county jails.
Mr. Drooyan has been a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Trustees and president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. In addition, he served on the Board of Trustees for the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Law Center of California.
Mr. Drooyan has also taught trial advocacy at the USC Gould School of Law and advanced criminal procedure at Loyola Law School, and he has participated in numerous panels on internal investigations, corporate compliance programs, environmental enforcement and federal criminal practice.