Former Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Returns to Gibson Dunn as Of Counsel in Houston

October 28, 2021

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Prerak Shah has rejoined the firm as an of counsel in its Houston office.  Shah’s practice will focus on white collar criminal defense and all facets of governmental and internal corporate investigations.

Before rejoining Gibson Dunn, Shah served as the Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, where he oversaw a wide range of cases, including securities fraud, health care fraud, the false claims act, computer crime, national security, tax fraud, money laundering, public corruption, and terrorism.  Shah also served in several high-level leadership positions at the Department of Justice, including as a Deputy Associate Attorney General in the office overseeing the work of the Antitrust, Civil, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, and Tax Divisions.  He also served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General running the Department’s Natural Resources Section, which was responsible for representing the United States in major investigations and litigation concerning oil and gas pipelines, nuclear waste, chemical waste, mining, and corporate compliance with environmental statutes.

Before joining the Justice Department, Shah served as Chief of Staff to Senator Ted Cruz and as a Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Shah received his law degree with honors from University of Chicago Law School.  After law school, he clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.