Rita D. Mitchell is a partner in Willkie’s Investigations & Enforcement and White Collar Defence Practices in London. Dual-qualified in the US and the UK, her practice includes advising and defending corporations in a variety of criminal and civil investigation and enforcement matters, conducting complex, worldwide internal investigations in relation to bribery, corruption, fraud, sanctions, human/business rights, and money laundering, advising on and developing and benchmarking compliance programs, conducting pre-merger and third party due diligence, and providing day-to-day counseling and training on compliance with US and English laws, including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act 2010 (Bribery Act).

Rita is ranked by The Legal 500 UK (2024) as a “Leading Individual” for Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (advice to corporates), where she has been described as “a go-to adviser in this space due to her dual qualifications in the US and the UK."

Who’s Who Legal (2022, 2023) recognised Rita as a Future Leader: Global Elite in the area of Investigations, she was previously recognised in both 2019 and 2020 as “a highly regarded name” and an “up-and-coming star.” Rita was also included on the Global Investigations Review listing of the “Top 100 Women in Investigations” in 2018.

Rita is the co-leader of the London Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, a group of women attorneys and other professionals who represent clients facing government enforcement actions, criminal or civil, and who conduct global internal investigations and handle other compliance and ethics matters for clients.



University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2005 Dartmouth College, B.A., 2000

Bar Admissions

Roll of Solicitors of England & Wales, 2021 New York, 2008 District of Columbia, 2006 Virginia, 2005

Court Admissions

United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2009