With a background as a US federal prosecutor, Carolyn A. Silane defends clients in white-collar litigation and regulatory enforcement cases. Her practice also focuses on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anticorruption matters. In her previous position with the US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California, she prosecuted financial fraud, theft of trade secrets, computer hacking, domestic terrorism, and export offenses. Carolyn’s active pro bono practice involves working on behalf of survivors of domestic violence.
As a prosecutor, Carolyn led complex investigations, prosecuted dozens of cases, and made numerous presentations to the grand jury. In private practice, she has defended clients against charges from the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York District Attorney’s Office, and other federal and state agencies. Carolyn has both prosecuted and defended several trials to successful verdicts.
While in law school, she externed for Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank of the US District Court for the Central District of California.
Carolyn has a strong commitment to pro bono service for survivors of domestic violence, and was honored by receiving In Motion’s Commitment to Justice award in 2011.
Georgetown University, 2004, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2007, J.D.