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DOJ Fraud Chief Joins Quinn Emanuel

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Quinn Emanuel added power to its white-collar defense lineup Monday, tapping Sandra L. Moser for a key leadership role in the firm’s criminal defense, investigations and crisis practice areas. 

Moser, a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice, has been for the last two years at the helm of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section – a job she left last week.  In the chief role and in prior roles at the Fraud Section, Moser oversaw the DOJ’s enforcement of all Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases across the nation along with a broad swath of white-collar prosecutions, including securities fraud, the spoofing of the commodities markets, and complex cross-border matters. She also expanded the number of health-care fraud and opioid-related cases filed by the DOJ.

“A lawyer of Sandra’s caliber could have gone to any firm she wanted. We’re pleased she chose to join our firm,” said founder and managing partner John B. Quinn.

At DOJ, Moser personally played a lead role in investigating and prosecuting many of the world’s largest financial institutions and their employees for manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and the foreign exchange (FX) markets, helping secure five felony guilty pleas from major banks in 2015. 

"Quinn Emanuel 's reputation as the leading firm in litigation and white-collar criminal defense, coupled with the firm's unique culture, made this an easy decision for me,” said Moser, who will join the firm as a partner and co-head of the firm’s Investigations, Crisis and White Collar Criminal Defense Practice.  “I am enthusiastic about starting this new phase in my career; there is no place I would rather be."

And, in a year when Quinn Emanuel has added a record number of women partners, Moser also hopes to forge a practice advising companies who are confronting #MeToo issues.  “One of the things that appealed to me about joining Quinn Emanuel is the aggressive role they’ve taken in promoting women,” Moser said.

“Sandra is a superstar,” said Bill Burck, co-managing partner of Quinn Emanuel’s Washington, DC office and Co-Chair of its Investigations, Government Enforcement and White Collar Criminal Defense Practice. “She is exactly the kind of peer we’ve needed to take this practice group to the next level.”