Christina Guerola Sarchio focuses her practice on general commercial litigation, class actions and white collar defense, with significant experience in the consumer products, financial, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, technology and sports industries. A former prosecutor and an experienced trial lawyer, Ms. Sarchio has successfully tried cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. She also regularly appears before a number of agencies and regulators, including the DOJ, FDA, SEC and various U.S. Attorney offices.
Ms. Sarchio has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers for 2019-2020, The Legal 500 U.S. for 2017-2019, and among the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation for 2017-2020, where she is also listed as a D.C. litigation star. Her class action jury win in 2016 was named a Top 10 Defense Verdict by The Daily Journal. She was also selected as a 2018 Woman Worth Watching by The Diversity Journal, and received MCCA’s 2017 Rainmaker Award. Ms. Sarchio has also received a number of community service awards, including the HNBA Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, George Washington Law School’s Belva Lockwood Award, HBA-DC Hugh Johnson Award, and named by Hispanic Business Magazine to its Top 20 Elite Women and 100 Most Influentials lists.
Representative Cases as Lead Trial Counsel:
- Representing former officer of U.S. subsidiary and Mexican national in FCPA investigation.
- Represented a financial institution in an SEC enforcement action, which SEC declined.
- Conducted an investigation for company subject to extortion, referred matter for federal prosecution resulting in indictments.
- Conducted an internal investigation of cybercrime, referred matter for federal prosecution.
- Negotiated a resolution with the FDA resulting in no enforcement action brought against a university hospital for using non FDA-approved medical devices.
- Represented a foreign company and its U.S. subsidiary in several international antitrust price-fixing investigations and negotiated plea agreements with DOJ.
- Defended company against liability for insider trading by company officer.
- Advised Allen Stanford in SEC and DOJ actions and argued at his detention hearing (US v. Stanford, EDVA (Richmond) 2009).
- Lead trial counsel in an “infomercial fraud” case for an individual facing conspiracy, mail and wire fraud charges and won dismissal after four-week jury trial in EDVA.