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Sara Zdeb


Sara Zdeb is a counsel in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office and a member of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice. Sara represents individuals and corporations in criminal investigations and litigation, at trial and on appeal. Sara also maintains an active civil practice, serving on the law-and-motions team at multiple trials and drafting briefs in federal and state courts of appeals.

Illustrative Professional Experience

  • Represents an Assistant United States Attorney in connection with allegations of contempt of court and obstruction of justice arising out of the Justice Department's prosecution of former senator Ted Stevens.
  • Represents individual and corporate clients in matters involving allegations of Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act violations.
  • Represents a bank in connection with allegations of anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act violations.
  • Represented a law enforcement equipment dealer in a high-profile Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prosecution.
  • Represented a Swiss bank official charged with conspiring to help American taxpayers hide their assets from the IRS.
  • Represented an international real estate company in connection with a comprehensive FCPA compliance review.
  • Authored amicus brief for the Sentencing Project in Graham v. Florida, 130 S. Ct. 2011 (2010), cited in opinion finding juvenile life-without-parole sentences unconstitutional for non-homicide offenses, and co-authored multiple Supreme Court amicus briefs for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Prior to attending law school, Sara worked for several years in the government relations field, serving as legislative director for a national non-profit organization.

Professional Activities

Admitted to Practice, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; US District Court, District of Columbia
Law Clerk, US Department of Justice (2007)
Member, Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court; American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
Author, "From Georgia v. Tennessee Copper to Massachusetts v. EPA: Parens Patriae Standing for State Global Warming Plaintiffs," 96 Geo. L. J. 1059 (2008)
Co-Author, "The Illusory Facilitating Payments Exception: Risks Posed by Ongoing FCPA Enforcement Actions and the U.K. Bribery Act," The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2011: Coping With Heightened Enforcement Risks (PLI 2011), with Richard Grime; "Environmental Law and Politics: Persistence and Progress Notwithstanding the Demise of Political Bipartisanship," Insights on L. & Soc'y 10 (A.B.A. Spring 2008), with Richard J. Lazarus; “Lessons Learned from Wind Farm Litigation,” ABA Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter (March 2009), with Lisa Wing Stone

Georgetown University, J.D.: magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Recipient, CALI Award in Advanced Legal Writing

Duke University, B.A., Environmental Science and Policy

District of Columbia; Maryland

Lessons Learned From Wind Farm Litigation ABA Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter (March 2009) with Lisa Wing Stone