Rachel Cannon is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution and White Collar and Government Investigations practices. She focuses on trial work, investigations, complex civil litigation, and white collar criminal defense. A seasoned trial lawyer, she was one of the lead attorneys who successfully prevented the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission from enjoining a Chicago trader in a recent high-profile “spoofing” case. An experienced investigator, she conducts internal investigations on matters ranging from sexual misconduct to financial fraud and bribery, and recently concluded an investigation for a Chicago professional sports team whose coach was accused of sexual impropriety. Rachel also advises entrepreneurs about regulatory issues surrounding initial coin offerings, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology, and has secured declinations from the SEC for companies engaged in coin offerings.
Prior to joining Dentons, Rachel served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, where she supervised the bankruptcy fraud program and worked in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Section. She also prosecuted a wide variety of fraud cases involving more than US$100 million in losses, and has indicted corporations, executives, doctors, investment advisors, consultants, real estate developers and public officials, among others. Rachel received a number of awards during her time as an AUSA. She also served as a periodic trial advocacy instructor for the CFTC, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. She has tried 19 jury trials and dozens of bench trials, and has briefed and argued numerous cases in the US Court of Appeals.
Rachel is active in a variety of civic and charitable activities. She serves on the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet, and the board of the Chicago Bar Foundation. Rachel is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.