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About Rita

Rita Maxwell focuses her practice on litigation and white collar defense matters involving corporations and individuals, internal investigations, mediations, and arbitrations.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Rita served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Bianco of the District Court for the Eastern District of New York (now of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit). Rita is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Georgetown University.


Recent Notable Matters

Individual — represented in investigations by the CFTC and the New York Attorney General

Non-profit organization — represented in an internal investigation into workplace misconduct

Real estate company — represented in civil action involving allegations of RICO violations

Advisory firm — represented in an investigation by the New York Department of Financial Services*

Individual — charged with securities fraud in the Southern District of New York*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell



Harvard Law School,
cum laude
Georgetown University,
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey



Legal Aid Society
Pro Bono Publico Award, 2011