Sarah E. Walters - McDermott Will & Emery


Sarah Walters is a former federal prosecutor and 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 representing clients in securities, healthcare and other government enforcement matters. She also assists companies in developing compliance policies and programs.

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Government and Internal Investigations

  • Defends a broad spectrum of organizations, including healthcare providers and systems, government contractors and publicly traded companies, in connection with civil and criminal government investigations and related litigation
  • Represents executive of major publicly traded company in FCPA investigation
  • Represents government contractor in False Claims Act investigation related to compliance with cyber security requirements

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Litigation – Securities, 2019 to 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense:  White Collar, Boston, 2023
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2021 to 2023
  • Legal 500 US, 2019


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


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