Moser, Sandra

Sandra Moser



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.


  • As head of the DOJ Fraud Section, approval and hands-on responsibility for all corporate enforcement action, significant individual charging decisions and litigation strategy, resulting in, among others: three successful jury trials in 2017 against individuals for FCPA and related offenses; the first conviction of a ForEx trader for criminal front-running offenses; completion of a series of historical coordinated global corporate resolutions with nations participating in such coordination for the first time, including France and Singapore; and the 2017 and 2018 National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Takedowns, the largest sweeps in U.S. history of defendants for complex health care fraud schemes. 
  • One of the lead attorneys for the United States in the ForEx investigation for manipulation of the foreign exchange markets resulting in felony guilty pleas by Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC and UBS AG.
  • 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.
  • One of the lead trial attorneys for the United States in the prosecution of the CEO of publicly-traded TierOne Bank for securities fraud, convicted after a jury trial in 2016.
  • Lead trial attorney for the United States in the investigation and prosecution of Grammy-winning singer and actress Lauryn Hill in a multi-million dollar tax case (U.S. v. Lauryn Hill).
  • One of the lead trial attorneys for the United States in 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
  • (J.D., cum laude, 2002)
    • Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology:
      • Articles Editor

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • (A.B., Journalism; B.A., Women’s Studies, 1998)
    • Phi Beta Kappa


The District of Columbia Bar; The New Jersey State Bar; The Pennsylvania State Bar (inactive)


  • United States Department of Justice, Fraud Section:
    • Chief, 2017-2019
    • Principal Deputy Chief, 2016-2017
    • Senior Deputy Chief, 2015-2016
    • Assistant Chief, Securities and Financial Fraud, 2013-2015

  • United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey:
    • Assistant United States Attorney, 2006-2012

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP:
    • Associate, 2005-2006

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2004-2005

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP:
    • Associate, 2003-2004

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro:
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002-2003


  • The Best Lawyers In America, LitigationRegulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (2020)
  • DCA Live Emerging Women Leaders in Private Practice (2019)
  • Top 100 Women in Investigations, Global Investigations Review (2018)
  • The Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (2016)
  • The Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (2014)
  • Assistant Attorney General for Exceptional Service (2014)



Speaking Engagements:

  • Speaker, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, NYU School of Law, April 5, 2019.
  • Speaker, Eighteenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications, March 15, 2019.
  • Keynote Speaker, ABA’s 33rd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 6, 2019.
  • Speaker, SEC, DOJ & FBI Town Hall, 35th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, ACI, November 29, 2018.
  • Speaker, Internal and Government Investigations & The Whistleblower, 2018 White Collar Practice Conference, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, November 16, 2018.
  • Speaker, International Criminal Investigations, Annual Conference, National Association of Former United States Attorneys, October 25, 2018.
  • Speaker, Opening Roundtable Discussion: The 7th Annual London White Collar Crime Institute, ABA, October 8, 2018.
  • Speaker, Emerging Anti-Fraud Trends from a Regulators Perspective, 2018 ACFE Fraud Risk Management Summit, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, September 14, 2018.
  • Speaker, Compliance /Enforcement Priorities, General Counsel Forum, Columbia Law School Executive Education, June 7, 2018.
  • Speaker, Emerging Issues in Cross-Border Investigations, 7th Annual White Collar Crime Institute, New York City Bar, May 8, 2018.
  • Speaker, Enforcement Priorities, Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, PLI, May 8, 2018.
  • Speaker, International Anti-Corruption Enforcement Trends and Priorities – Takeaways From Recent Actions, ALB Hong Kong Anti-Corruption Forum 2018, Thomson Reuters, March 22, 2018.
  • Speaker, Ethics Panel on Obstruction, Perjury, and Conflict of Interest, 2018 White Collar Crime Institute, ABA, March 1, 2018.
  • Speaker, Enforcement Programmes and Priorities in the U.S. and UK, 17th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications, PLI, February 2, 2018.
  • Speaker, DOJ & SEC Town Hall, ACI's 34th International Conference on the FCPA, ACI, November 30, 2017.
  • Speaker, “FCPA Update on Current Priorities & Areas of Focus,” 6th Annual Anti-Bribery & Corruption Forum, AMLP Forum, November 21, 2017.
  • Speaker, Opening Remarks, No Turning Back: 40 Years of the FCPA and 20 Years of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, DOJ and SEC, November 9, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Structuring Corporate Liability to Deter Corporate Misconduct,” Deterring Corporate Crime: The Promise and Challenge of Multiple Enforcers, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement at NYU School of Law, October 6, 2017.
  • Speaker, “FCPA enforcement and policy,” 8th Global Forum on Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets, ACI, July 25, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Roundtable Recap to USDOJ,” 2nd Executive Roundtable on Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs, ACI, July 24, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Keynote panel on FCPA/anti-corruption enforcement priorities of the DOJ in the life sciences industry and collaboration with other enforcement agencies,” ACI’s 11th Advanced Forum on FCPA & Anti-Corruption in the Life Sciences Industry, ACI, June 27, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Corporate Monitors - The Nuts & Bolts,” Women in White Collar Regional Luncheon, American Bar Association (ABA), June 15, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Special Focus on Corruption Enforcement in New York,” 19th Annual New York Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, American Conference Institute (ACI), April 20, 2017.


  • Member, American Bar Association, Women in White Collar Subcommittee
  • Member, Women's White Collar Defense Association