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 and prosecutions of alleged violations of the securities, commodities, anti-fraud, procurement, FCPA and health care laws.

Sarah has deep experience in every phase of a federal criminal case – from investigation to jury trials to appeals. As a prosecutor, Sarah obtained dozens of convictions via trial and plea in six different federal trial courts across the country. She first and second chaired multiple weeks’ long federal criminal trials.

As a defense attorney, Sarah is experienced at running corporate internal investigations and excels at client counseling. Sarah views her role on behalf of both companies and individuals to vigorously advocate for her client’s interests and persuade government enforcement agencies to decline to pursue criminal prosecution or other enforcement actions.

Prior to joining Thompson Hine, Sarah served for seven years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section as a white collar crime prosecutor. Sarah investigated and prosecuted some of the most complex financial crimes on Wall Street as part of the Fraud Section’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit, focusing 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 highly successful nationwide Medicare Fraud Strike Force.

Prior to her government service with the U.S. Department of Justice, Sarah spent more than eight 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

  • Investigated and prosecuted 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.
  • Obtained multiple convictions after lengthy federal jury trials in several different federal courts; trials lasted three to seven weeks.
  • Served as a prosecutor on the Department of Justice 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.
  • Served as the lead line prosecutor in the investigation of multiple global banks for wire fraud, commodities fraud and spoofing.
  • Served as the lead line prosecutor in the investigation of a former Wall Street trader who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, spoofing and market manipulation.
  • Served as the 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.
  • Served 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

  • Represented a major U.S. company’s former CFO in a criminal investigation, parallel civil and regulatory investigations, and numerous SDNY civil litigations. No charges were brought or civil liability found for the client.
  • Represented a former financial controller of a major U.S. company in a SDNY criminal investigation and parallel SEC investigation. Obtained a non-prosecution agreement for the client.
  • Represented 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.
  • Represented a major U.S. corporation’s Special Committee in an internal investigation related to accounting improprieties following the corporation’s bankruptcy.
  • Represented 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.
  • Represented, on a pro bono basis, before the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, a military service member who was seriously injured in the September 11th attack on the Pentagon. Obtained a large financial settlement for the client.
  • Provided 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.
PublicationsPresentations
  • Presenter, “Best Practices for Company Investigations in the Era of #MeToo,” Thompson Hine’s Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, October 2018
  • Panel member, “#MeToo Allegations: Are You Prepared for Complaints Against Your Senior Executives?” Thompson Hine Premier Client Summit, May 2018
  • Panel member, “Current Issues in Government Investigations,” Federal Bar Association, District of Columbia Chapter, April 2018
Distinctions
  • Panel Member, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Felony Panel for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Selected to Law360's White Collar Editorial Advisory Board, 2018
  • Nominee, Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • Barrister, William B. Bryant Inn of Court
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia 

Community Activities

  • SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders)
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