Overview

Sarah is senior counsel in the firm’s Business Litigation practice and a member of the White Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement group. An experienced former federal prosecutor, she represents corporations and individuals in government investigations of alleged violations of the securities, commodities, anti-fraud, procurement and health care laws. Her practice encompasses the representation of financial institutions, public companies and individuals before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Reserve, CME Group and other government entities and self-regulatory organizations.

Sarah brings to the firm seven years of experience with the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was a federal white collar crime prosecutor in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section. As a federal prosecutor, Sarah investigated and prosecuted complex financial crimes on Wall Street as part of the Fraud Section’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit. In this role, she focused on the investigation and prosecution of major global financial institutions. She also has significant experience prosecuting criminal health care fraud, money laundering and kickback offenses, and she was a member of the nationwide Medicare Fraud Strike Force. With experience in every phase of a federal criminal case – from investigation to jury trials to appeals – Sarah has obtained dozens of convictions in six different federal districts across the country.

Prior to her government service with the U.S. Department of Justice, Sarah spent nine years with international law firms, where she defended individuals and corporations in high-profile federal white collar criminal matters, parallel civil and regulatory investigations, and complex civil litigation, particularly in the areas of securities fraud, accounting improprieties and other types of alleged financial fraud. Her practice also focused on corporate internal investigations.

Before her career as a lawyer, Sarah worked as a congressional staffer in the Capitol Hill offices of U.S. Representative Jim Moran of Virginia and U.S. Senator Bob Graham of Florida, where she focused on Appropriations and Finance Committee matters.

Experience

Examples of Sarah’s experience include:

At the U.S. Department of Justice

  • Investigating and prosecuting a broad range of complex federal white collar offenses, including wire fraud, commodities and securities fraud, health care fraud, money laundering, spoofing, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, conspiracies, major fraud against the government, kickbacks, advance fee schemes, bribery and gratuities.
  • Obtaining multiple convictions after lengthy federal jury trials in several different federal courts; trials lasted three to seven weeks.
  • Serving as a member of a government team that prosecuted and obtained corporate parent-level guilty pleas and over $2.5 billion in criminal fines from five major global banks in the Foreign Exchange (“FX”) investigation.
  • Serving as lead line prosecutor in the investigation of multiple global banks for wire fraud, commodities fraud and spoofing.
  • Serving as lead line prosecutor in the investigation of a former Wall Street trader who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire fraud and market manipulation.
  • Serving as lead Fraud Section prosecutor in a $77 million health care fraud, kickback and money laundering prosecution; obtained 13 convictions and substantial criminal sentences of up to 15 years’ incarceration and approximately $50 million in restitution orders.
  • Serving as lead Fraud Section prosecutor in obtaining the convictions of dozens of defendants, via trial or guilty plea, in health care fraud prosecutions in Brooklyn, New York; Houston, Texas; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In private practice

  • Representing a major U.S. company’s former CFO in a criminal investigation, parallel civil and regulatory investigations, and numerous SDNY civil litigations. No charges brought or civil liability found for the client.
  • Representing a former financial controller of a major U.S. company in a SDNY criminal investigation and parallel SEC investigation. No criminal charges were brought against the client.
  • Representing a large U.S. defense contractor in a criminal investigation, internal investigation and civil False Claims Act litigation related to whistleblower allegations of sales of defective combat hardware to the U.S. military. No criminal charges were brought against the client.
  • Representing a major U.S. corporation’s Special Committee in an internal investigation related to accounting improprieties following the corporation’s bankruptcy.
  • Representing a former high-level executive in a corporate internal investigation and criminal investigation related to the bankruptcy of a major U.S. company. No criminal charges were brought against the client.
  • Providing pro bono representation before the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for a military service member who was seriously injured in the September 11th attack on the Pentagon.
  • Providing award-winning pro bono representation for a D.C. resident convicted of felony murder and sentenced to 25 years in federal prison; successfully represented the client in a constitutional post-conviction challenge to his sentence, securing his release.
PublicationsDistinctions
  • Nominee, Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia 

Community Activities

  • SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders)
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