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Education

The University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2007

  • Articles Editor, University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class
  • Professionalism and Diversity Committee

The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 2003

  • Vice President of Operations, Alpha Phi

Languages

  • Brazilian-Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
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Sara L. Alpert

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Sara L. Alpert represents individual and institutional clients in criminal and civil litigation, and government investigations. Ms. Alpert’s practice focuses on complex disputes and investigations. She has significant experience defending individuals and companies against allegations of fraud, particularly fraud matters involving the False Claims Act and other federal health care fraud statutes. She also has represented clients in matters involving international trade, and intellectual property protection and litigation. She works closely with clients and seeks to deliver positive outcomes through creative problem-solving.

Prior to joining Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, Ms. Alpert was a litigation associate at the Lauro Law Firm, where she practiced white collar criminal defense. She also previously served as sole corporate counsel for JLM Industries, Inc., an international chemical trading and distribution company. As in-house counsel, she advised company management on business transactions and drafted complex business agreements, in addition to representing the company in civil litigation.

Ms. Alpert is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was articles editor for the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class. She received her B.A. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

Professional Highlights

  • Represented an emergency physician practice confronted with a potential whistleblower suit alleging violations of the False Claims Act, the Stark law, and over-billing. Conducted an internal investigation on the practice’s behalf and assisted the practice with self-disclosure of the investigation results to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Represented the former chief financial officer of a major health maintenance organization in connection with a qui tam suit and criminal charges filed in the Middle District of Florida for alleged violations of Florida Medicaid regulations.
  • Represented an attorney implicated in a mortgage fraud investigation arising out of the Middle District of Florida. Obtained a grant of immunity for the attorney.
  • Currently representing former executives of a health maintenance organization in connection with a government investigation in the Middle District of Florida.
  • Currently representing several individuals in connection with a fraud investigation arising out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
  • Currently representing a freight forwarding company in connection with a government investigation in the Middle District of Florida.
  • Represented an entrepreneur who was the subject of a telemarketing fraud investigation arising out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.
  • Defended a college student sued for copyright infringement in the Middle District of Florida.
  • Represented an entrepreneur in connection with protecting her intellectual property.
  • Represented a pharmacist who was the target of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation for controlled substances diversion.
  • Represented a chemical trading and distribution company in a complex business dispute involving breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, and breach of duty.
  • Represented a chemical trading and distribution company in connection with an EPA investigation into a chemical release after the phenol plant owned by the company exploded in an accident. Obtained a settlement with the EPA after thoroughly investigating the facts and remediation costs.
  • Represented an emergency physician practice confronted with a potential whistleblower suit alleging violations of the False Claims Act, the Stark law, and over-billing. Conducted an internal investigation on the practice’s behalf and assisted the practice with self-disclosure of the investigation results to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Represented the former chief financial officer of a major health maintenance organization in connection with a qui tam suit and criminal charges filed in the Middle District of Florida for alleged violations of Florida Medicaid regulations.
  • Represented an attorney implicated in a mortgage fraud investigation arising out of the Middle District of Florida. Obtained a grant of immunity for the attorney.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Bay Area Legal Services
  • Fellow, Florida Bar Leadership Academy
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • President, The Pearl Society, 2013
  • Gala Committee, Glazer Children’s Museum, 2012

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