Member Spotlight

Welcome to the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) blog post series profiling its diverse, talented membership. A global group of 3,500+ accomplished women attorneys and other professionals, members are from 49 chapters who specialize in the representation of clients facing criminal or civil enforcement, regulatory, and administrative actions, and in need of internal investigations and compliance counselling.

WWCDA Spotlights Claire Rauscher, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (North Carolina). Claire shares her WWCDA journey, how WWCDA has helped her career, and what most excites her about WWCDA's future initiatives.

Claire Rauscher, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Claire Rauscher
Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (North Carolina)

What drew you to get so involved in WWCDA and what is your favorite aspect of being a WWCDA leader?

I was drawn to get involved in WWCDA to continue to support and empower women who practice in the white collar field. When I came to Charlotte in 1995, I was the only woman who had a private federal criminal practice in the Western District of North Carolina. I knew it was important to support other women who were interested in white collar matters but had trouble getting the support needed to be successful. My favorite aspect of being a WWCDA leader is working with and for such great women. It truly is a joy to meet and collaborate with such an accomplished group as we support one another through networking and referrals.

Can you share how your leadership role within WWCDA has helped or advanced your career?

Obviously, the exposure to other women not only in the U.S. but throughout the world is extraordinary. My firm is also impressed and supportive of being in a leadership position in WWCDA. I have received referrals and provided work to others. Being in a leadership position has strengthened my brand in North Carolina and elsewhere.

You have been a member of WWCDA for many years, how have you seen the association change over the years and what most excites you about the future of WWCDA?

I have been a member for a long time and truly enjoy the camaraderie with the women in the organization. Watching WWCDA’s large growth over the past several years has been phenomenal and gratifying. To see so many women joining the organization demonstrates the power of the collective. The addition of numerous U.S. chapters has been great to see but the expansion of chapters throughout the world is truly exciting. The ability to meet and network with other women throughout the world is not something other legal organizations provide. I am excited to see the power the organization can provide to its members including more speaking engagement exposure, more personal recognition (Chambers, etc.) and working on achieving more women on the bench and other important positions.

Describe your current practice and what your ideal case looks like.

My current practice revolves around representing corporations and individuals who are either under investigation or indicted with fraud and other related white collar crimes. My ideal matter is conducting a corporate internal investigation and representing the company, if under investigation and obtaining a favorable result!

Tell us something about yourself that few people know.

Until two years ago, I was an NCAA Division I volleyball official. I officiated matches in numerous college conferences, the NCAA Tournament, Division II finals and essentially everything but the NCAA Division I Final Four. I played volleyball in college and officiating was a way to stay involved in a sport that I truly enjoy.

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