Renato Mariotti – What Work as a Legal Analyst Taught Me About the Practice of Law

Join us on January 18th for lunch at the Union League Club when Renato Mariotti discusses “What Work as a Legal Analyst Taught Me About the Practice of Law.”

Renato Mariotti is a legal analyst and commentator who frequently appears in outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, and the BBC.  He is also the Legal Affairs Columnist for POLITICO Magazine and has written dozens of articles that appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, and other publications.  Renato is also co-host of the podcast “It’s Complicated” with legal and national security analyst Asha Rangappa.

Renato also practices law as a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, where he represents clients facing government investigations, high-stakes litigation, and trials.  Before entering private practice, Renato spent almost ten years as a federal prosecutor in Chicago investigating and prosecuting hundreds of cases in a wide variety of areas including securities and commodities fraud, child exploitation, human trafficking, gun trafficking, tax evasion, health care fraud, obstruction of justice, public corruption, narcotics trafficking, and more.

As part of the Department of Justice’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Section, Renato handled the first-ever indictment and prosecution of a high-frequency trader under the anti-spoofing provision of the Dodd-Frank Act, a major case that signaled a sea change in the government’s ability to enforce securities regulations in the era of computer-aided trading.  He also secured the convictions of the Bogdanov crime family, Block 37 developer Larry Freed, and convicted bank robber Jose Banks, who later escaped from prison after telling fellow inmates that he wanted to kill Renato.  Renato was taken into protective custody until Banks was recaptured.  Due to the high-profile nature of many of his cases, Renato was twice featured on American Greed, Bill Kurtis’s show about white-collar criminals.

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Hourly Schedule

11:30 am -
12:00 pm -
Lunch and Program
1:30 pm -


Jan 18 2024


11:30 am - 1:30 pm




Union League Club
65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604


The Lawyers Club of Chicago
(312) 804-9889
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