Hon. Patti B. Saris, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts


Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1999

University of Vermont, B.A., summa cum laude, 1993

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Caroline Judge Mehta


Caroline Judge Mehta is an experienced advocate who represents individuals, business organizations, and other entities in criminal, regulatory, and administrative investigations.

She defends clients in complex criminal cases involving mail and wire fraud, tax, health care fraud, insider trading, securities, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). She has handled both trial and appellate proceedings in federal and state courts.

Caroline has been recognized for her white collar defense work by The Best Lawyers in America and Legal 500 US. Caroline also counsels the firm’s clients on complex matters of legal ethics and professional responsibility. She has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching legal ethics.

Caroline’s defense of individuals and institutions frequently encompasses criminal investigations and trials, civil litigation initiated by regulators and parallel securities litigation brought by shareholders.

Caroline’s extensive healthcare law experience includes investigations related to off-label promotion, anti-kickback statutes, and the False Claims Act. She has defended both civil qui tam actions on behalf of individuals and corporations, and has represented clients in criminal and regulatory investigations.

Caroline represents individuals accused of Title IX violations on colleges and university campuses. She has also conducted internal investigations for educational institutions with respect to alleged sexual misconduct and has provided advice regarding compliance with Title IX.

A member of Zuckerman Spaeder’s Legal Profession and Ethics Practice, Caroline advises lawyers and law firms on issues such as conflicts of interest and bar admissions and has represented clients in disciplinary proceedings before the District of Columbia Bar and federal agencies.

  • Represented the general counsel of a federal agency, who was the subject of an investigation by the agency’s Office of Inspector General into whether he violated federal conflict of interest laws by acting in a matter in which he had a financial interest.
  • Defended a commercial aviation leasing company and its president and CEO in a seven-week jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued the company and its president in 2007, alleging that the company was insolvent and was misusing investors’ funds, but we defeated the SEC’s effort to appoint a receiver and freeze the company’s assets. In 2010, a criminal indictment alleging various wire fraud, bank fraud, tax, and obstruction of justice offenses was returned.
  • Represented the vice president of a polyester manufacturing company in a lengthy investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) into price fixing in the polyester staple market. Despite mounting an unsuccessful case against the sales executive of a separate manufacturer, the DOJ issued a target letter against our client. After our presentation to the leadership at DOJ, however, the government ultimately declined prosecution.
  • Represented the chief executive of a health care company in a qui tam case involving allegations that the company and a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer engaged in violations of the False Claims Act as well as off-label promotion of the manufacturer’s products. Persuaded the Department of Justice not to intervene, and reached a resolution pursuant to which all claims were dismissed against our client.
  • Represented an investment fund that focuses its business on investment opportunities in Israel and related markets. The company became involved in an investigation by the New York Attorney General into “pay-to-play” activity involving investments by state pension funds. We negotiated a settlement between the company and the attorney general, and continue to defend the company in related civil litigation stemming from the activities of its former partner.
  • Represented an officer of a multinational energy company in an FCPA investigation relating to development of a natural gas facility in Nigeria. No civil or criminal charges against our client resulted from the joint U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations.
  • Represented a prominent orthopedic surgeon in a criminal investigation of potential Anti-Kickback Statute violations stemming from consulting relationships with manufacturers of medical devices and prosthetic implants. No action was taken against our client.
  • Represented a former high-level executive at a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in parallel civil and criminal investigations regarding allegations of off-label promotion of anticonvulsant drug. No action was taken against our client.
  • Represented a private college in connection with an investigation and advice to the board regarding alleged sexual misconduct by a faculty member. Conducted internal investigation and advised college with respect to Title IX policies and compliance.
  • Represented former dean of a graduate school in legal proceedings stemming from a Title IX investigation triggered by a complaint by the dean’s assistant. ‎


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Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 2008–2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Task Force on Title IX
  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, 2006-2010
  • Member, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2006—2014