Rasha Gerges Shields is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who focuses on complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and internal corporate investigations. She has been the lead trial counsel in federal court and has argued before the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Court of Appeal, and federal and state trial courts.
Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2014, Rasha was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles for more than seven years, where she also served as the Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Section. As a federal prosecutor, she tried numerous criminal trials, argued appeals, and directed federal and local law enforcement agencies in dozens of federal criminal grand jury and wiretap investigations. She prosecuted hundreds of cases for a variety of federal crimes, including international drug trafficking, money laundering, crimes of violence, identity theft, access device fraud, bank fraud, and immigration fraud. In addition to prosecuting her own cases, Rasha supervised other prosecutors, evaluated investigations for federal prosecution, and trained law enforcement agents.
Rasha is committed to public service and serving pro bono clients. She is a member of the board of directors of the California Women's Law Center, a member of the board of governors of the Arab American Lawyers of Southern California, and co-chair of LACBA's Dialogues on Freedom Committee. She also volunteers in the Teen Court program at El Rancho High School.
Rasha serves on Jones Day's Firmwide Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee. She and her family immigrated to the United States from Egypt when she was two years old. Rasha was the first person in her extended family to obtain a postgraduate degree.