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

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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

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Caroline Judge Mehta is an experienced advocate who represents individuals, business organizations, and other entities in criminal, regulatory, and administrative investigations. She has extensive experience defending 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. She has been recognized for her white collar defense work by The Best Lawyers in America and Legal 500 US. Ms. Mehta further 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.

Ms. Mehta’s defense of individuals and institutions frequently encompasses criminal investigations and trials, civil litigation initiated by regulators and parallel securities litigation brought by shareholders. She recently represented 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, and defended the company and its president in a six-year litigation initiated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Having defeated a $50 million forfeiture claim against the company, and reached a settlement with the SEC, the company continues in business today.

Ms. Mehta’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.

A member of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP’s Legal Profession and Ethics Practice, Ms. Mehta 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.

While at Harvard Law School, Ms. Mehta worked as a research assistant in constitutional law for Prof. Laurence Tribe, and she also taught legal research and writing. Following law school, Ms. Mehta clerked for the Hon. Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Professional Highlights

  • 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 chief executive of a health care company in qui tam litigation alleging violations of the False Claims Act and the Medicare and Medicaid Patient Protection Act (Anti-Kickback Statute).
  • Represented a former executive of a multinational energy corporation in an FCPA investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stemming from the corporation’s development of natural gas facilities in Nigeria.
  • We 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.
  • We 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.
  • We 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.
  • We 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.
  • We 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.
  • We 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.
  • We 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.

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

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  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, 2006-2010
  • Member, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2006—2014

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