Jeffrey Cramer has more than twenty 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 US Attorney (AUSA) in the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. While there, he served as senior litigation counsel and 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 thirteen-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. Mr. Cramer has lectured to judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys on topics including corruption, fraud, and security in Russia, Indonesia, Japan, and Mexico, and at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest.
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. He has earned commendations from the director of the FBI, the inspector general for HHS, and the Secret Service. He has led cases that were awarded the Federal Law Enforcement Investigation of the Year. He has also received 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.
2009 – 2016
US Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois
Assistant US Attorney
2000 – 2009
1997 – 2000
New York County District Attorney’s Office
1993 – 1997
Areas of Expertise
Temple University School of Law
State University of New York at Geneseo