Clients turn to Nader to provide thoughtful advice and counsel when facing complex and high-stakes litigation, enforcement, and regulatory issues. Nader’s experience ranges from handling class actions and complex business and securities litigation to representing companies in parallel civil and criminal investigations by governmental authorities and regulators across the globe. His clients greatly value his judgment and work ethic in developing effective legal strategies and providing practical advice.


Nader has substantial experience defending clients in all phases of litigation in state and federal courts across the United States. He handles a diverse range of litigation matters, including class actions, securities fraud claims under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, lawsuits alleging breaches of fiduciary duties, lender liability and mortgage servicing claims, and litigation arising out of commercial contracts and transactions. 

In addition to traditional litigation, Nader is well seasoned in representing clients that are the subject of high-profile government investigations and conducting internal investigations. He has represented clients in domestic inquiries and investigations by the Department of Justice (Main Justice and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), as well as cross-border matters involving the European Commission (EC), the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Nader’s involvement in these investigations includes overseeing complex document reviews, conducting witness interviews, representing witnesses in interviews and testimony, working with expert consultants on complex data analysis, and engaging with various enforcement authorities in North America, Europe, and Asia through written submissions, oral advocacy presentations, and settlement conferences.  

Nader complements his white-collar defense and investigations work with a regulatory advice practice in which he helps clients navigate complex regulatory requirements applicable to their businesses, working to ensure that their compliance efforts are effective and robust. He works closely with his clients on the implementation of corporate compliance programs and the development and enhancement of policies, procedures, training programs, and other internal controls designed to strengthen regulatory compliance and to prevent, deter, and detect improper conduct. Clients frequently rely on him for practical compliance advice, assistance implementing and conducting risk assessments, and designing strategies that can minimize the risk of enforcement action.

In addition to his work on behalf of firm clients, Nader is actively involved in the community and maintains an active pro bono practice in which he strives to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono services annually.   For his service on firm’s housing rights project, Nader received the firm’s Sally & Bill Van Allen Public Service Award in 2019.  Nader has also been recognized for his accomplishments by various national publications, including Best Lawyers in America, Law360, and North Carolina Super Lawyers.

Representative Experience

White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement

  • Represented a full-service broker-dealer in a FINRA investigation regarding spoofing in the U.S. Treasury market
  • Represented a swap dealer in an investigation by and settlement with the CFTC of “off channel” business communications by employees during the CFTC’s initial sweep of Wall Street firms
  • Represented domestic and international swap dealers in a CFTC investigation concerning swap data reporting in accordance with the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations
  • Represent a swap dealer in a CFTC sweep concerning the investigation of sales and trading practices in connection with interest rate swap transactions related to bond issuances, including potential price manipulation and insider trading
  • Represent an international financial institution in connection with the DOJ’s Task Force KleptoCapture for enforcement of sanctions on Russian oligarchs in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
  • Represented CEO and broker-dealer in FINRA investigation into supervision of private placement offerings
  • Represented a major U.S. financial institution in the investigation by and settlement with the DOJ and CFTC of market manipulation in the precious metals market
  • Represented a national bank in a multi-year investigation by the CFTC and a state attorney’s office regarding alleged manipulation of the U.S. Dollar International Swaps and Derivatives Association Fix (USD ISDAFIX), a then-leading global benchmark for interest rate swap transactions
  • Represented a global financial institution in a DOJ investigation and a parallel state investigation into price-fixing in fixed income markets

Civil Litigation and Arbitration

  • Representing a national bank in a putative class action challenging exchange rates applied to foreign currency transactions
  • Won dismissal of all claims against a major bank in a whistleblower suit alleging violations of the False Claims Act in connection with mortgage lending activities
  • Secured dismissal of all claims in a putative class action alleging securities law violations in connection with a proposed merger
  • Won dismissal of contract and tort claims on behalf of a major bank in an action by a Brazilian aircraft operator and its owners alleging fraud in connection with the Brazilian tax-advantaged financing of an aircraft lease transaction
  • Represented a major broker-dealer in a private arbitration brought by a former ultra-high net worth customer seeking over $100 million in damages based on allegations of unauthorized trading, unsuitable transactions, churning, and excessive mark-ups
  • Substantial experience defending lender liability and mortgage servicing claims involving allegations of predatory lending, fraud, wrongful foreclosure, and state and federal consumer protection statutes, including the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)

Advice and Counseling

  • Provide counsel on remedial measures and compliance undertakings in connection with consent orders by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB)
  • Advised a major financial institution on its compliance remediation and reporting obligations under a non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ’s Fraud Section
  • Counseled a major financial institution on the implementation of a conduct risk management program



  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2023-2024
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Young Guns, 2018-2019, 2022-2023
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Star", General Litigation, 2014-2021; Business Litigation, 2022-2024
  • Law360, Rising Stars for Compliance, 2020
  • Sally & Bill Van Allen Public Service Award, 2019
  • Member, Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) Diversity & Inclusion Committee, class of 2024 
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2017, 2019-2021
  • Co-Chair, MVA Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association (APALA) Business Resource Group
  • Member, MVA Recruiting, Diversity, and Pro Bono & Public Service Committees
  • Member, UVaClub of Charlotte
  • Leadership Charlotte, Class 39





Speaking Engagements




  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Charlotte Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar 


J.D., Wake Forest University, 2010, cum laude, Wake Forest Law Review

B.S., University of Virginia, 2007, with distinction


  • Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2013
  • North Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2010
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"Moore & Van Allen's regulatory enforcement team in Charlotte is top notch. John Fagg, Jim McLoughlin and Nader Raja all do excellent work. Thoughtful analysis, timely responses, dogged work ethic. As a bonus: Kristen Kenley is one of the best associates you will find." - Best Law Firms, 2021 

Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2023-2024

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