Katherine Sawyer, a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, represents clients in white collar litigation and government investigations.
Ms. Sawyer advises corporations, boards of directors, and individuals on investigations conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other federal agencies.
Ms. Sawyer also conducts internal investigations regarding a wide range of criminal, quasi-criminal, and regulatory matters including, corruption, financial irregularities, healthcare fraud and abuse, and securities fraud.
She represents clients in investigations and enforcement actions related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and alleged sanctions violations. Ms. Sawyer also advises clients on their internal FCPA and anti-corruption policies and procedures, helps clients design and implement effective systems of internal controls, and provides training to clients on anti-corruption and FCPA compliance.
Additionally, Ms. Sawyer regularly advises clients in connection with cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions, including pre- and post-acquisition due diligence and counseling.
Prior to rejoining Latham, Ms. Sawyer was an Assistant United States Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, and the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. As a former federal prosecutor, Ms. Sawyer draws on experience having tried more than 30 criminal cases. She argued numerous evidentiary motions in federal court and multiple appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Ms. Sawyer oversaw the investigation, indictment, and trial of complex conspiracies, international narcotics, obstruction of justice, export, and cybercrime cases.
Fluent in Spanish, Ms. Sawyer led multiple international criminal investigations, conducted countless witness interviews in Spanish, and worked extensively with foreign law enforcement authorities in Mexico and Colombia.
From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Sawyer served as a Latham associate in the Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles offices in the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice.
Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Sawyer served as a law clerk to Judge Claude M. Hilton in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.