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Sarah Krissoff

Partner

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Overview

Sarah Krissoff ardently defends companies and individuals in government and internal investigations, criminal matters, and complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts. She has broad experience in federal criminal proceedings, internal investigations and business litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Sarah was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for over a decade. She has significant experience leading high profile government investigations involving multiple law enforcement agencies across jurisdictional lines. As a federal prosecutor, Sarah tried ten criminal cases to verdict, and briefed and argued numerous appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She has handled sensitive public corruption matters and complex financial investigations and cases, including investment fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering matters. She also led, among others, investigations into sex trafficking and crimes against children, racketeering, murder, Hobbs Act robbery, international narcotics trafficking, gun trafficking, arson, and bank robbery. She coordinated the Department of Justice's capital case review process for many capital-eligible defendants, and served on the Hiring Committee for the Southern District of New York and DOJ's New York Federal Government Pro Bono Program Committee.

Sarah was also detailed to Washington, DC, as the Acting Deputy Chief Counsel of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), where she served as the agency's second-highest attorney at the time. There, she supervised approximately 80 attorneys who provided legal advice and services to the agency, including attorneys at headquarters and in field offices nationwide. Sarah also provided guidance and legal advice to ATF’s Director, Deputy Director, Assistant Directors, and all of the agency's directorates.

Prior to her tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Sarah served as a senior associate at an international law firm headquartered in New York City. There, she handled NASD and SEC investigations, New York state and federal criminal cases, internal investigations, securities fraud investigations and litigation, federal class action litigation, insurance litigation, real estate litigation, and complex business litigation. Sarah garnered extensive experience conducting and defending depositions, and participated in a civil fraud trial in Eastern District of New York. Among other notable matters, she defended a major securities fraud class action in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that resulted in a $93 million settlement, and represented an international hotel group in litigation against an insurer and an insurance broker due to damage to properties resulting from the events of 9/11.

Sarah often comments on breaking news and trials of public interest in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Insider, Reuters, Bloomberg News, New York Post, BBC World News, Court TV, NBC News, NewsNation, Miami Herald, New York Law Journal and Daily Mail. In addition, she is a prolific author on a range of legal topics, including asset forfeiture, business litigation, and trial practice.

Experience

Served as lead prosecutor in a bank fraud investigation and trial, resulting in the conviction of a defendant who defrauded three financial institutions

Lead the prosecution of a pastor who conducted an investment fraud scheme, leading to a 57-month sentence

Partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prosecute a health care fraud scheme and the Internal Revenue Service to prosecute several tax fraud ventures

Served as co-lead prosecutor in United States v. Colin Akparanta, 19 Cr. 363, which resulted in the conviction of a Bureau of Prisons correctional officer for the sexual abuse of seven female inmates

Served as co-lead prosecutor in United States v. Markel Overton, et al., 17 Cr. 644, a case charging twelve defendants with racketeering, homicide, narcotics, firearms, and Hobbs Act robbery offenses Served as co-lead prosecutor in United States v. Sierra, et al., 11 Cr. 1032, an 80-defendant case charging members of the Bronx Trinitarios Gang with among things racketeering, homicides, and various other drug and gun crimes

Managed the nationwide search for a convicted hedge fund manager who failed to report to serve his 20-year sentence, and further prosecuted the manager and an individual who assisted the manager's flight

Insights

Education and Credentials

Education
Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2002, Columbia Business Law Review, Staff Member
Brown University, B.A., Political Science, 1999
Admissions
State of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Recognition and Community

Recognition

Recipient of the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, Department of Justice, 2017

Recipient of the Federal Prosecutor of the Year Award, Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, 2012

Decorated by the Kingdom of Cambodia as a Commander in the Royal Order of Sahemetri, in connection with work on a case which resulted in the return of a priceless statue to Cambodia, 2014

Recipient of the Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Award, 2006

Recipient of Fried Frank's Pro Bono Recognition Award, 2004

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