Amanda M. Santella


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Amanda Santella is a talented lawyer who specializes in white collar defense and corporate investigations. Amanda provides representation for a variety of individuals and corporations involved in criminal investigations and internal investigations. She also maintains an active civil and criminal litigation practice, with a particular focus on False Claims Act litigation.

Amanda’s clients span a variety of industries including the health care and financial services sectors, among others. Amanda carefully guides her clients through their sensitive matters and works diligently to ensure they receive the best representation and favorable outcomes.


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits


  • Georgetown University, J.D.: magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Legal Research and Writing Law Fellow
  • Williams College, B.A. English

Professional Activities


  • "2 FCA Settlements Highlight Gov't Cyber Liability Focus," Law360, May 31, 2022
  • “Eleventh Circuit Issues Opinion Discussing Effect of Regulatory Ambiguity on Scienter,”, June 6, 2017 (with David J. Leviss)
  • “United States ex rel. Wichansky v. Zoel Holding Co.: Federal District Court Considers Definition of ‘The Government’ under the FCA,”, December 17, 2014 (with David J. Leviss)
  • Represents corporate and individual clients in connection with criminal investigations by the Department of Justice and local United States Attorneys’ Offices
  • Represents an individual corporate executive in connection with a high-profile fraud investigation
  • Represents a major nonprofit organization in a multi-committee congressional investigation 
  • Represents several individuals in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice
  • Represents corporate healthcare clients in connection with federal False Claims Act litigation, both at the district court level and on appeal