Sandra Moser is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s white collar litigation and government investigations practice and former chief of the US Department of Justice’s Fraud Section in Washington, DC, which has exclusive jurisdiction over the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and routinely handles many of the world’s most significant economic crime cases. A veteran trial lawyer, she represents companies and executives in a wide range of matters involving the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), US Congress and various other domestic and international enforcement agencies.
As chief of the Fraud Section, Sandra led a team of more than 150 white collar prosecutors and oversaw the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit, as well as the section’s healthcare, securities, and financial fraud prosecutions. She led, negotiated, or approved dozens corporate enforcement resolutions, including global coordinated resolutions involving multiple domestic and foreign authorities, and played a key role in the selection and oversight of corporate monitors. Sandra also helped develop and implement significant policy changes affecting corporate criminal enforcement throughout the DOJ, including the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy and various reforms to the Justice Manual. She has tried numerous cases to verdict and played a lead role in investigating and prosecuting many of the world’s largest financial institutions and their employees for manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate and foreign exchange (FX) markets.
In addition to her deep background representing clients in matters related to the FCPA and other complex frauds, Sandra focuses on the False Claims Act (FCA), securities, commodities, and anti-money laundering-related matters. She handles major corporate investigations and crises, including those involving #MeToo claims. She represents companies, boards of directors, and senior executives in investigations, corporate crises, and litigation involving the US federal and state governments, and international enforcement agencies.
Sandra regularly speaks in the United States and abroad at forums addressing enforcement policies, trends, and priorities in the white collar space. She also guest lectures at academic institutions including Harvard Law and Business schools, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Sandra was a partner at another global law firm, where she co-chaired the investigations, government enforcement, and white collar criminal defense practice. Prior to serving the Fraud Section in various leadership positions, Sandra spent several years as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of New Jersey’s Special Prosecutions Division.
A pharmaceutical company in connection with an SEC investigation
A former White House employee in an investigation by the House Committee on the Judiciary
European banks in connection with global money laundering investigations
A publicly traded company in connection with a Federal Trade Commission investigation
A pharmaceutical company executive in connection with an SEC investigation
As head of the DOJ Fraud Section, approval and hands-on responsibility for all corporate enforcement action, significant individual charging decisions and litigation strategy
One of the lead attorneys for the United States in the LIBOR investigation for manipulation of the benchmark interest rate resulting in a myriad of corporate enforcement actions and individual charges
Prosecution of a financial institution CEO for securities fraud; convicted after a jury trial in 2016
One of the lead trial attorneys for the United States in the investigation and prosecution of more than 40 individuals arrested in connection with political corruption, rabbinical money laundering, and black market organ sales in New Jersey and New York
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2002, J.D., cum laude
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998, A.B. (Journalism), B.A. (Women’s Studies), Phi Beta Kappa
District of Columbia
Clerkship to Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2004 - 2005)
Clerkship to Judge Norma L. Shapiro of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2002 - 2003)
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Washington, DC, The Best Lawyers in America (2022)
Recognized, Ones to Watch, The Best Lawyers in America (2021)
Top FCPA Practitioner, Global Investigations Review (2021)
Best Lawyers in America, Litigation–Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), US News/Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms (2020)
Emerging Women Leaders in Private Practice, DCA Live (2019)
Top 100 Women in Investigations, Global Investigations Review (2018)
Member, American Bar Association, Women in White Collar Subcommittee
Member, Women's White Collar Defense Association, Monitor/Receiver Initiative Subcommittee
US Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (2016)
US Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (2014)
Assistant Attorney General for Exceptional Service Award (2014)
Articles Editor, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2002)