Viet D. Dinh is the founding partner of Bancroft PLLC. A leading expert on corporate governance and regulatory compliance, he has counseled corporations and their leaders on a range of transactional and governance issues. He has served on the Board of Directors of the News Corporation since 2004, where he is Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. In that capacity, he was the lead independent director overseeing the company’s responses to allegations relating to the News of the World. He also serves on the Board of Directors and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Revlon, Inc. He also served on the Board of Directors of MFW Inc., and of The Orchard Enterprises, Inc., where he chaired the Compensation Committee.
Dinh is Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he specializes in corporations and constitutional 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).
He has represented numerous boards, committees, and independent directors of public companies–including the board of a public finance company with respect to a $10 billion dispute resolution, 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 post-indictment nonprosecution agreement. 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. He successfully presented arguments for the United States before the Supreme Court in Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs, 538 U.S. 721 (2003).
Dinh served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003, where he played a key role in developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism, including the USA Patriot Act. He worked to improve criminal investigation technology and to 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 clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and for D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman. He 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 lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Jennifer Ashworth Dinh, and their three sons.