Sarah Walters is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement and compliance matters, and complex civil litigation. In addition to both criminal and civil trial work, Sarah has substantial experience conducting internal investigations and assists companies in developing compliance policies and training programs.

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  • Served as trial counsel for the defendant, the leading maker of office headsets, in a Sherman 1, Sherman 2 and Clayton Act antitrust action between direct competitors; McDermott was brought in to try the case shortly before trial and, despite an adverse inference instruction on spoliation that was ordered prior to the Firm’s involvement, the jury deliberated for an hour before returning a complete defense verdict (US District Court for the District of Delaware)
  • Adviser to major U.S. public accounting firm on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance
  • Successfully advocated on behalf of major hospital system to convince prosecutors to decline to intervene in qui tam litigation, which litigation was ultimately dismissed
  • Represented high profile witness in Hobbs Act extortion trial
  • Obtained full acquittal after trial of general counsel of a start-up company charged with securities fraud arising out of that company’s collaboration with a high-profile internet service provider (Eastern District of Virginia)*

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  • The Legal 500 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2019 and 2020, Criminal Defense: White-Collar


Boston College Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1997
University of Pennsylvania, BA, cum laude, 1994


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Sarah E. Walters

Insights & Events / Media

Boston, MA / Speaking Engagements / October 17, 2019

On the Subject / August 20, 2019

Publications / July 2019

Boston, Massachusetts / Speaking Engagements / January 16, 2019

Virginia Lawyers Weekly / August 21, 2018

Boston, Massachusetts / Speaking Engagements / May 2, 2018