Admission & Qualifications
State of Florida
State of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Yale Law School (J.D., May 2002) (Yale Journal of International Law, Submissions Editor)
University of Michigan (B.A., May 1999) (High Honors; Phi Beta Kappa)
Evelyn B. Sheehan focuses her practice on advising high-net-worth individuals, institutional clients and their executives in cross-border investigations, government enforcement actions and related asset forfeiture matters, including but not limited to advocacy in criminal law matters before the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). Ms. Sheehan has experience in high-stakes matters where there is tension between parallel asset forfeiture and insolvency proceedings.
Ms. Sheehan also has an active international asset recovery practice, including the enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards and the representation of victims of crime. Her matters regularly involve legal actions across multiple jurisdictions and mobilizing both public and private remedies. She has unique experience designing recovery strategies for claimants and insurers in the cryptocurrency industry.
Before joining Kobre & Kim, Ms. Sheehan served as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Division for that office, where she was responsible for overseeing complex cross-border investigations related to international corruption, foreign bribery, white-collar fraud, narcotics trafficking, organized crime and violations of anti-money laundering laws. While at DOJ, Ms. Sheehan received various distinguished service awards for her work on asset forfeiture matters to recover illicit proceeds on behalf of victims of crime.
During her tenure at DOJ, Ms. Sheehan worked for over six years to litigate the complex forfeiture matters related to the infamous US $1.4 billion fraud scheme led by Scott Rothstein, particularly with respect to the tension between parallel asset forfeiture and bankruptcy proceedings. The prosecution and forfeiture resulted in the successful conviction and imprisonment of 29 total defendants, and concluded in the full restitution of the hundreds of victims involved. As a result of her work in this case, Ms. Sheehan was awarded the 2016 U.S. Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award and was a semi-finalist for the 2010 Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyers Award for Criminal Justice Category.
Ms. Sheehan was also a member of the Regional Committee of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). As a result of her work on two high-profile international money laundering investigations, she earned two National OCDETF Awards.
She has also lectured extensively on the application of asset forfeiture and money laundering laws for the U.S. Department of Justice and a number of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Drug Enforcement Agency. She continues to be a thought leader in this area, regularly speaking in a number of U.S. and international conferences and events.
Before her time as a prosecutor, Ms. Sheehan practiced with White & Case LLP, where she focused on complex commercial litigation, and with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she focused on private equity fund formation and bankruptcy work.