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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 (DOJ’s) Fraud Section in Washington, DC, which has exclusive jurisdiction over the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) 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 DOJ, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), US Congress, and various other domestic and international enforcement agencies.
As chief of the DOJ's Fraud Section, Sandra led a team of more than 150 white collar prosecutors and oversaw the FCPA Unit, as well as the section’s healthcare, securities, and financial fraud prosecutions. She led, negotiated, or approved dozens of 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 (LIBOR) and foreign exchange (FX) markets.
In addition to her deep background representing clients in matters related to the FCPA and other complex fraud, 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 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 School, Harvard Business School, and the University of Pennsylvania Carey 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 DOJ's Fraud Section in various leadership positions, Sandra spent several years as an assistant US attorney in the District of New Jersey Special Prosecutions Division.
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)
Member, White Collar Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (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)