Shara C. Venezia-Walerstein


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Shara C. Venezia-Walerstein is a litigator who specializes in white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations. She represents individuals and companies in corporate internal investigations and criminal and regulatory matters, including investigations by the Department of Justice, the New York Attorney General, state attorneys general in multidistrict litigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other financial regulatory organizations.

Shara is a trusted advisor to financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and health care organizations involved in regulatory, enforcement, and compliance matters, as well as securities litigation and contract disputes.

Shara is also actively involved in O’Melveny’s pro bono practice. She represents clients in criminal and civil matters in federal court.


Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of New York


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2012: cum laude 
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Political Science, 2008: magna cum laude 

Professional Activities


  • Federal Bar Council, Inn of Court


  • Honorable Paul G. Gardephe, US District Court, Southern District of New York (2011)


  • “The Sunshine Act for Corporate Contributions Professionals,” ACCP Webinar (January 2016)
  • Representing financial institution in high-profile and quick-paced government investigation
  • Representing financial institution in regulatory inquiries in response to New York Attorney General, SEC, and FINRA investigations; representing and preparing individual witnesses for on the record testimony; leading and managing large document reviews
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company in an internal investigation
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company in consumer protection act cases brought by state attorneys general’s offices
  • Advises senior executives of a pharmaceutical company regarding compliance matters and financial transparency reporting requirements
  • Defended individual officer in securities fraud claims arising out of the bankruptcy of a large supermarket chain
  • Represented a biopharmaceutical company in a breach-of-contract dispute

Illustrative Pro Bono Experience 

  • Recently negotiated a very successful settlement agreement with City of New York in pro bono 1983 prisoners’ rights case
  • Representing holocaust survivors to receive deserved pension payments for work performed in ghettos
  • Provided pro bono representation to client pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act