Jeffrey Cramer has more than 20 years of experience in corporate investigations, fraud detection, due diligence, and regulatory issues. His consulting practice spans matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, embezzlement, fraud, cyber breaches, proxy fights, security, corporate governance, and background investigations.
Mr. Cramer was previously a senior managing director and head of the Chicago office of a large international investigative company, at which he oversaw multijurisdictional cases. In connection with his management of investigations and business intelligence assignments, he built multidisciplinary teams comprising former prosecutors, investigators, technology experts, financial and data analytics experts, and forensic accountants. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Cramer was an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. While at the U.S. Attorney’s office, he served as Senior Litigation Counsel, where he was responsible for trial strategy and jury arguments in all criminal trials. He has investigated a broad range of cases, terrorist organizations, public corruption, securities fraud, and regulatory and export violations. Mr. Cramer had top secret clearance while at the Department of Justice.
A 13-year veteran of the criminal justice system, Mr. Cramer began his career as a prosecutor in New York City from 1993 to 1997. In this capacity, he prosecuted federal and state trials, leading complex investigations into violent and white-collar crimes, including homicides, public corruption, fraud, and money laundering. After his tenure in New York, he worked for three years at a major international law firm, where he gained experience in litigation and real estate.
Mr. Cramer has been an adjunct professor at law schools in New York, Boston, and Chicago. He has lectured on fraud investigations and related topics at the FBI Academy and to agents/attorneys at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Secret Service, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Homeland Security, local law enforcement, and Bar groups. Over the course of his career, he has earned commendations from the director of the FBI, the inspector general for HHS, and the U.S. Secret Service. He has led cases that were awarded the Federal Law Enforcement Investigation of the Year. He has also received numerous awards from the Department of Justice, including the Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team, as well as the HHS Inspector General Integrity Award and the HHS Award for Excellence. Mr. Cramer was appointed a Special State’s Attorney for the Prosecution of Drew Peterson, a former police officer who was convicted of killing his wife. He has also worked with several special prosecutors related to police actions.
Mr. Cramer regularly appears in a variety of media commenting on fraud, corruption, security, and related matters for MSNBC, Fox, CNN, NBC, ABC, Bloomberg, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and other outlets.
Temple University School of Law
State University of New York at Geneseo
2009 - 2016
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois
Assistant U.S. Attorney
2000 - 2009
1997 - 2000
New York County District Attorney's Office
1993 - 1997
News & Insights
- Law360October 13, 2016
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
News & Commentary
- Law360March 23, 2017
- Crain's Chicago BusinessMarch 16, 2017
- Law360March 16, 2017
- ReutersFebruary 14, 2017
- ABC7 ChicagoFebruary 3, 2017
- Daily BeastJanuary 26, 2017
- WBEZ 91.5 ChicagoJanuary 25, 2017
- WTTW Chicago/PBSJanuary 10, 2017
- Law360December 20, 2016
- Bloomberg Law BriefDecember 15, 2016
- ABC NewsNovember 17, 2016
- APNovember 10, 2016
- CNBC Live TVOctober 28, 2016
- PBS Chicago TonightSeptember 21, 2016
- Washington PostSeptember 20, 2016
- Law360August 12, 2016
- Chicago TribuneAugust 9, 2016
- WGN ChicagoAugust 9, 2016
- Chicago Sun-TimesAugust 7, 2016
- ABC News ChicagoJune 30, 2016
- Investigative Expert Jeffrey H. Cramer Joins BRG's Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence PracticeBRG press releaseJune 28, 2016
- ABC News ChicagoJune 13, 2016