Sara Alpert Lawson

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Sara Alpert Lawson represents businesses and individuals in high-stakes government investigations, commercial disputes, and criminal litigation.

Sara focuses on client goals and how to achieve them efficiently, approaching issues with creativity and attention to detail. Her clients include a major health system, health care organizations and providers, Chief Executive Officers and other senior leaders from a diverse range of businesses, large corporations, and entrepreneurs.


Sara is consistently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for White-Collar Criminal Defense.

Before entering private practice, Sara was in-house general Corporate Counsel for a multinational chemical distributor and manufacturer. In this capacity, she worked directly with the CEO and CFO, advising the business on corporate matters and managing litigation for the company.

In addition to her practice, Sara is active in the community and is committed to pro bono efforts, particularly those involving foster youth. Sara served on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Legal Services from 2011-2018, and is currently a member of the Bay Area Legal Services Development Council.

In 2015, Sara received the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. Sara is a member of the firm’s Professional Development Committee, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Criminal Law Committee, the University of Maryland Carey Law Alumni Board, the Florida Bar Leadership Academy Committee, the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Sara earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she served as an Editor for the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class. She received her B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University.
 


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
Bar admissions
  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Court admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Professional leadership
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Alumni Board, 2018-2021
  • Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy Committee, The Florida Bar, 2018-2020
  • Board of Directors, Bay Area Legal Services (2011-2018)
  • Alumnus, Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Florida Bar Leadership Academy, Class I
  • Barrister, Goldburg-Cacciatore Criminal Law Inn of Court
  • Attorney Ad Litem, Crossroads for Florida Kids
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
Community involvement
  • Chairwoman and Founder, Foster Care Ministry Mentor Program, Sacred Heart Church
  • Lector, Sacred Heart Church
  • President, The Pearl Society, 2013 & 2014
  • Gala Committee, Glazer Children’s Museum, 2012

Representative matters
  • Currently represents a large health system in civil litigation arising from the acquisition of a smaller health system.
  • Represented a certified class of individuals who were denied coverage for residential treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient services by United Behavioral Health. 
  • Represented co-owners of a home health provider in a civil False Claims Act investigation. 
  • Represented owners of a Medicare managed care provider in a civil False Claims Act investigation.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a home health provider in connection with internal allegations of possible Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute violations.
  • Represented a physician in connection with a False Claims Act investigation in the Middle District of Florida. 
  • Represented former executives of a health maintenance organization in connection with a government investigation in the Middle District of Florida. 
  • Represented several employees of a homebuilder in connection with a mortgage fraud investigation arising out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Due to diligent efforts to understand the clients and their business, was able to keep all clients from being prosecuted.
  • Represented a freight forwarding company in connection with a joint investigation in the Middle District of Florida by the Department of Commerce and Department of Homeland Security resulting in a non-prosecution agreement.
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Sara Alpert Lawson

Counsel

Office
Tampa
Tel.
813.321.8204
Fax.
813.223.7961
Others
Send an Email
vCard
LinkedIn