Eric Rosen is a nationally recognized former federal and state prosecutor whose nationwide practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation, with a focus on novel and cutting-edge issues involving money laundering, securities fraud, crypto and health care fraud. 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.
For more than eight years, Eric served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Boston, Massachusetts. 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 has developed significant expertise in securities fraud cases (including parallel investigations with the SEC), money laundering cases, bribery charges, and cases with international components. A seasoned courtroom advocate, Eric also tried, as lead and co-counsel, numerous criminal cases before federal juries, both in Pittsburgh and Boston, in addition to conducting countless evidentiary hearings, sentencings, and other proceedings.
In March 2018, Eric, while leading an unrelated securities fraud investigation, began “Operation Varsity Blues,” the investigation that led, a year later, to charges against more than 50 individuals for fraud, bribery, racketeering and money laundering offenses related to the college admissions process. Eric’s work in the landmark prosecution, which generated significant worldwide media attention, was widely profiled by national and international publications and media outlets, including the Boston Globe, the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Netflix. In addition, Eric’s role as the lead prosecutor was chronicled in the July 2020 book “Unacceptable,” written by two Wall Street Journal reporters, Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz, and the July 2022 book “Bad City,” by Los Angeles Times reporter Paul Pringle.
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. Eric is currently based in Boston but serves clients in federal and state courts nationwide.