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 health care 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.
Caroline also 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.
- Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1999
- University of Vermont, B.A., summa cum laude, 1993
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- Hon. Patti B. Saris, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 2008–2010
- 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
- Represent a non-profit organization in DOJ health care fraud investigation related to patient assistance programs (PAPs).
- Represent former president of generic pharmaceutical company in parallel investigations by State Attorneys General and the DOJ into alleged price-fixing in the generic drug industry.
- Represent former Chief Accounting Officer of publicly traded real estate investment trust in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged securities fraud.
- 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 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 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 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 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 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.
- 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.
31 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; Three Partners Named “Lawyer of the Year”
August 15, 2018
The Legal 500 Recommends Seven Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys for its 2018 List
June 27, 2018
Chambers USA Recognizes 13 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys in 2018 Rankings
May 10, 2018
Atty's Ex-Buddy Who Decoded Insider-Trade Texts Ducks Jail
April 17, 2018
American Realty Cooperator Dodges Prison For REIT Fraud
March 23, 2018
Father testifies in trial against Mormon Church
The Journal News
February 07, 2018
29 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; Partner Mark Foster Named “Lawyer of the Year”
August 16, 2017
WV Supreme Court Reverses Exclusion of Evidence in Case Alleging Mormon Church Cover-up of Child Sexual Abuse
June 20, 2017
W. Va. Court Revives Claims Mormon Church Protected Child Molester
Courthouse News Service
June 16, 2017
Chambers USA Recognizes 13 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys
May 26, 2017
Due Process on Today’s Campus: Handling Title IX Abuse and Harassment cases
31st Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime
March 08, 2017
The Myth And The Reality: Ethical Obligations & Strategies to Challenge Prosecutorial Abuse
NACDL's 12th Annual White Collar Seminar
October 28, 2016
Janet Napolitano and the University of California Sued for Violating Professor Sujit Choudhry's Rights to Due Process of Law and Equal Protection
September 15, 2016
30 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; Three Partners Named "Lawyers of the Year"
August 15, 2016
Legal 500 US
August 04, 2016
A 40-year D.C. law firm seeks to stay small, successful in midst of Big Law
The Washington Post
January 10, 2016
32 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Three Partners Named "Lawyers of the Year"; Firm is Top-Listed Nationally for White Collar Criminal Defense
August 17, 2015
When All is Not Lost: Post-Trial Lawyering In the Complex White Collar Fraud Case
29th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime
March 04, 2015
Practical Trial Tips from the Frontline
29th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime
March 04, 2015
32 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Two Partners Named “Lawyers of the Year”; Firm Is Top-Listed Nationally for White Collar Criminal Defense
August 26, 2014
Paula M. Junghans and Caroline Judge Mehta’s Clients Defeat $79 Million Forfeiture Motion
October 09, 2013
27 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®; Firm Is Top-Listed Nationally for White Collar Criminal Defense and Two Partners Named “Lawyers of the Year”
August 15, 2013
Metro Denies Appeal from Councilman Jim Graham for Legal Help
May 10, 2013
17 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Named Washington, DC “Super Lawyers”
April 30, 2013
Court Won't Intervene in D.C. Council Member Jim Graham's Ethics Dispute
The Washington Post
February 22, 2013
NLRB General Counsel Facing Ethics Complaint Over Wal-Mart Stock
September 19, 2012
Representing Individual Officers and Directors
For the Defense
January 02, 2006