Viet D. Dinh is the founding partner of Bancroft PLLC. A tenured law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Dinh successfully argued Nevada v. Hibbs, before the Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. government. Dinh served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003. During his time at the Department of Justice, Dinh played a key role in developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism—namely, the USA Patriot Act. His work helped to improve criminal investigation technology, and reform civil and criminal justice procedures. Dinh also represented the Department of Justice in selecting and confirming federal judges, contributing to the appointment of 100 district judges and 23 appellate judges during his tenure.
Dinh is a leading expert on corporate governance and regulatory compliance. He has counseled corporations and their leaders on a wide range of corporate transactions and governance, and his work with one client evolved into his current service as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Strayer Education, Inc. Since 2004, he has served as a Director and Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the News Corporation and, since 2012, a Director of Revlon, Inc. He also served on the Board of Directors of MFW Inc. and The Orchard Enterprises, Inc. through their transitions to privately held companies. He has represented numerous boards, committees, and independent directors of public companies, most recently the corporate governance chair of a leading computer technology company and the audit committee chair of a major health care service provider.
Dinh also advises individuals and organizations through high-stakes conflicts involving existential risk. For example, Dinh represented a major law firm in securing an unprecedented non-prosecution agreement, after the firm had been indicted and its name partners pled guilty to federal felonies. And he secured the only pre-arranged plea agreement under Fed R. Crim Proc. 11 in the Southern District of New York, with an agreed sentence of one-day probation.
As an academic, Dinh specializes in constitutional and corporation law. His representative publications include Codetermination and Corporate Governance in a Multinational Business Enterprise, 24 J. Corp. L. 975 (1999); and Financial Sector Reform and Economic Development in Vietnam, 28 L. & Pol. Int’l Bus. 857 (1997).
Dinh graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal and an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics. He clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He served as Associate Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee, as Special Counsel to Senator Pete V. Domenici for the Impeachment Trial of the President, and as counsel to the Special Master in In re Austrian and German Bank Holocaust Litigation. He is a member of the District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court bars.