Caroline Judge Mehta
Caroline Judge Mehta is an experienced advocate who represents individuals, business organizations, and other entities in criminal, regulatory, and administrative investigations.
Caroline defends clients in complex criminal cases involving mail and wire fraud, tax, health care fraud, insider trading, securities, antitrust, 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 Chambers USA, 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 has extensive experience in sensitive investigations and litigation stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct. She has represented individuals and institutions accused of sexual misconduct, including violations of Title VII and Title IX. She conducts internal investigations and provides compliance advice for educational and other institutions with respect to alleged sexual misconduct. Her work has also included advocating on behalf of victims in investigations and litigation surrounding child sexual abuse and the adequacy of institutional responses to abuse.
In her criminal defense practice, 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.
- 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. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- Hon. Patti B. Saris, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- Co-Chair, ABA Institute on White Collar Crime
- 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
- Represented a privately held company in AAA arbitration stemming from sexual harassment allegations brought by junior employee.
- Conducted an internal investigation for a large medical institution regarding allegations of sexual harassment and gender bias by senior level physicians.
- Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Trustees of a private college with respect to allegations of sexual misconduct by a long-standing faculty member. Conducted internal investigation, reviewed existing Title IX policies and practices, and recommended changes based on nationwide best practices and DOE guidance. Recommendations were adopted unanimously by the Board and implemented.
- Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a religious institution into allegations of sexual harassment against a retired high ranking minister; coordinated with ecclesiastical lawyers for religious institution; submitted findings and recommendations to religious institution.
- Represented the former Chief Accounting Officer of publicly traded real estate investment trust in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged securities fraud.
- 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.
- Represented six families and their nine minor children in litigation against religious institution who alleged that they were sexually abused by a serial predator whom the church enabled and promoted as a babysitter. The case settled after ten weeks of trial.
- 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 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 male students accused of violations of their college or university’s Title IX policy.
- 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 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.
Off Ramps from the Prosecution Highway: Directions for Successful Plea Bargaining
NACDL 15th Annual White Collar Seminar
October 25, 2019 | Speaking Engagement
33 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; Three Partners Named “Lawyer of the Year”
August 15, 2019 | Press release
Zuckerman Spaeder’s D.C. Office is Top-Ranked by Chambers for White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations; 3 Offices and 16 Attorneys Included in 2019 Rankings
April 29, 2019 | Press release
2019 | Press release
31 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; Three Partners Named “Lawyer of the Year”
August 15, 2018 | Press release
The Legal 500 Recommends Seven Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys for its 2018 List
June 27, 2018 | Press release
Chambers USA Recognizes 13 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys in 2018 Rankings
May 10, 2018 | Press release
Atty's Ex-Buddy Who Decoded Insider-Trade Texts Ducks Jail
April 17, 2018 | In the news
American Realty Cooperator Dodges Prison For REIT Fraud
March 23, 2018 | In the news
Father testifies in trial against Mormon Church
The Journal News
February 07, 2018 | In the news
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 | Press release
WV Supreme Court Reverses Exclusion of Evidence in Case Alleging Mormon Church Cover-up of Child Sexual Abuse
June 20, 2017 | Press release
W. Va. Court Revives Claims Mormon Church Protected Child Molester
Courthouse News Service
June 16, 2017 | In the news
Chambers USA Recognizes 13 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys
May 26, 2017 | Press release
Due Process on Today’s Campus: Handling Title IX Abuse and Harassment cases
31st Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime
March 08, 2017 | Speaking Engagement
The Myth And The Reality: Ethical Obligations & Strategies to Challenge Prosecutorial Abuse
NACDL's 12th Annual White Collar Seminar
October 28, 2016 | Speaking Engagement
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 | Press release
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 | Press release
Legal 500 US
August 04, 2016 | Press release
A 40-year D.C. law firm seeks to stay small, successful in midst of Big Law
The Washington Post
January 10, 2016 | In the news
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 | Press release
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 | Publication
Practical Trial Tips from the Frontline
29th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime
March 04, 2015 | Speaking Engagement
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 | Press release
Paula M. Junghans and Caroline Judge Mehta’s Clients Defeat $79 Million Forfeiture Motion
October 09, 2013 | Press release
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 | Press release
Metro Denies Appeal from Councilman Jim Graham for Legal Help
May 10, 2013 | In the news
17 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Named Washington, DC “Super Lawyers”
April 30, 2013 | Press release
Court Won't Intervene in D.C. Council Member Jim Graham's Ethics Dispute
The Washington Post
February 22, 2013 | In the news
NLRB General Counsel Facing Ethics Complaint Over Wal-Mart Stock
September 19, 2012 | In the news
Representing Individual Officers and Directors
For the Defense
January 02, 2006 | Publication