Sara Holzschuh is a member of Dentons' White Collar and Government Investigations practice, advising and representing entities and individuals that are targets or subjects of government investigations or enforcement actions, and leading or conducting internal investigations into potential or alleged violations of cross-border anti-bribery and anti-money laundering laws, trade sanctions and export controls. Where a government investigation has resulted in initiation of a formal enforcement action, Sara has vigorously defended clients against actions brought under the anti-bribery provisions of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, federal anti-money laws and regulations, as well as cases alleging mail, wire or tax fraud or violations of the federal False Claims Act.
Sara regularly counsels and represents individuals under investigation or already charged by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies; and has conducted or directed internal investigations for, and zealously defended in administrative criminal and civil proceedings, both domestic and multinational companies and their senior management, boards of directors and special committees, across a range of sectors, including energy, mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation, software, textile, food processing, pharmaceutical and healthcare.
A former prosecutor herself, Sara understands the full spectrum of compliance risks companies face in the current enforcement environment, and her practice includes counseling clients on risk avoidance and mitigation wherever they do business. In coordination with her colleagues around the world, Sara conducts risk assessments and compliance program benchmarking reviews, recommending enhancements as needed; assists with the development and implementation of US national and global compliance programs; creates compliance training programs for employees and compliance officers; and conducts investigations into suspected violations of compliance policies and standards; as well as defending clients in enforcement actions that stem from compliance failures.
Prior to entering private practice, Sara was a special assistant US attorney (SAUSA) on the Organized Crime Strike Force / Violent Crimes Unit of the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri, where she served as prosecutor on Project Ceasefire, a Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative comprising federal and state enforcement agencies dedicated to the pursuit, capture and prosecution of violent criminals found to be in illegal possession controlled firearms or explosive devices. Sara represented the government in all phases of prosecution, including investigations, complaint procedures, grand jury practice, post-indictment hearings, legal research, pretrial motion practice, courtroom advocacy through verdict, appellate brief drafting and argument, and responding to alleged violations of supervised release. Prior to joining the US Attorney's Office, she was employed by The Tax Institute at H&R Block.
Currently, she is co-leader of an innovative online legal reference tool she helped develop to facilitate clients’ awareness and understanding of global anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws. In connection with this, she regularly works with colleagues worldwide to review the web of anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws.