NALI Annual Conference 2023

Claire Rauscher

Title:  What Lawyers (Both Criminal & Civil) are Looking for From An Investigator

Description:As criminal and civil investigations and litigation continue to become more complex, the skill sets of investigators need to adjust to the demands of the lawyers. Interviewing and writing statements are becoming less important than mining social media, identifying electronic devices, reviewing massive amounts of data and accessing other critical sources of information. Using hypotheticals and examples, two seasoned litigators will discuss how their utilization of investigators have changed and what they need from their investigators in 2023.


Claire Rauscher is a Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson. Her 25+ years of experience fighting in the trenches of the criminal justice system has honed her litigation and negotiation skills. She has tried numerous cases, negotiated favorable resolutions and obtained dismissals. Several of her most complex matters have been resolved favorably without publicity or reputational damage to the client. She represents companies in grand jury investigations and related enforcement proceedings as well as witnesses and individual targets.

She also leads internal investigations assisting corporate clients in identifying and correcting problems while negotiating with enforcement authorities and governmental agencies to attain the best result possible.

Claire has been recognized as a leading litigator by a number of publications, industry organizations and legal directories. She is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, is top-ranked by Chambers USA for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in North Carolina, was named “2022 White Collar Attorney of the Year in North Carolina” by Best Lawyers in America, and has been a top rated lawyer for Criminal Defense: White Collar in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.