Sarah is an experienced former federal prosecutor and a member of her firm's White Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement group. She represents corporations and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions of alleged violations of the anti-fraud, procurement, FCPA, health care, sanctions, export control, securities, commodities and criminal tax laws. From her many years as a federal prosecutor, Sarah has extensive experience in every phase of a federal criminal case – from investigation to jury trials to appeals.
As a former federal prosecutor, Sarah offers her clients valuable insight into how prosecutors and law enforcement agents think, investigate and try cases. With her firsthand knowledge, she vigorously advocates for her client’s interests -- with the goal of persuading enforcement agencies to decline to pursue criminal charges or other enforcement actions. Because Sarah’s goal is to resolve government investigations without charges or adverse publicity, many of her most important successes for her clients are not publicized.
Additionally, Sarah regularly leads sensitive corporate internal investigations into allegations relating to financial fraud, FCPA violations, narcotics in a corporate setting, #MeToo sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation and other subject matters. She is frequently sought out by clients for her skills in civil litigation, particularly in high-stakes and emergency matters, such as TROs and preliminary injunctions.
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, focusing on the investigation and prosecution of major global financial institutions, executives and financial traders. Sarah also served on the highly successful nationwide Medicare Fraud Strike Force and has significant experience prosecuting criminal health care fraud, money laundering and kickback offenses. As a prosecutor, Sarah obtained dozens of convictions, via trial and plea, in six different federal trial courts across the country. Her trial experience includes having served as first chair in federal criminal trials lasting from several weeks to as long as nearly two months in duration.
Before her government service as a DOJ prosecutor, Sarah worked for 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. Her practice focused on securities/financial fraud, accounting improprieties and corporate internal investigations.
Prior to her career as a lawyer, Sarah worked on Capitol Hill for a U.S. senator and a U.S. representative. She focused on Finance and Appropriations Committee matters.