Sandra Moser is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Investigations, Government Enforcement and White Collar Criminal Defense Practice and Co-Chair of the Crisis Law & Strategy Practice Group. Ms. Moser is the former chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section in Washington, D.C., which has exclusive criminal enforcement jurisdiction over the DOJ’s enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and routinely handles many of the world’s most significant economic crime cases, including securities and commodities fraud, manipulation of financial markets, False Claims Act and other healthcare-related violations, and international money laundering offenses.
Ms. Moser’s practice focuses on the representation of companies, boards of directors and senior executives in investigations, sensitive matters, corporate crises, litigation and other disputes involving the federal and state governments of the United States (including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), District Attorney’s Offices, State Attorneys General, other law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and the United States Congress), as well as international enforcement agencies. An expert in cross-border matters, Ms. Moser was named as one of the world’s “Top 100 Women in Investigations” for 2018 by Global Investigations Review.
Ms. Moser is an experienced trial lawyer who, prior to assuming the chief role, served the Fraud Section in several other leadership positions and also was for several years a federal prosecutor in the District of New Jersey’s elite Special Prosecutions Division. During her tenure at the DOJ, Ms. Moser supervised a team of more than 150 white collar crime prosecutors investigating multinational corporations and their executives, and helped develop and implement significant policy changes affecting corporate criminal enforcement—including concerning the imposition of monitors, incentives for voluntary self-reporting, and the evaluation of compliance programs—throughout the Department. Ms. Moser also personally 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. For her work in those and other matters, she received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in both 2014 and 2016, as well as the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in 2014.
Ms. Moser is a regular keynote speaker and featured panelist in the U.S. and abroad at various forums addressing enforcement policies, trends and priorities in the white collar space. She also guest lectures at various academic institutions including Harvard Law and Business Schools, and University of Pennsylvania Law School. Ms. Moser earned her law degree at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and served as an editor for the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was awarded two degrees, in Journalism and Women’s Studies, and graduated first in her class.