Sarah M. Gragert

Washington, D.C.
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
 
 

Ms. Gragert is a member of the firm's Litigation & Trial Department. She focuses her practice on complex litigation and trial work, representing diverse clients in a variety of high-profile and cutting-edge complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters at both the trial and appellate levels in jurisdictions around the country. Among other areas, she has practiced in commercial and corporate disputes; sports litigation; and product liability, tort, toxic tort, insurance, and class actions litigations. With plaintiffs seeking substantial damages, these matters are frequently “bet-the-company” litigations.

She also has extensive experience conducting wide-scale internal investigations, both domestic and international, and in representing clients in government investigations. She has represented clients before the Department of Justice, Food & Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Justice, and various California district attorneys.

Ms. Gragert participates in firm management and has served on Latham’s Technology and Training Committees and currently serves on the Mentoring Committee. Ms. Gragert is a founding member of the Washington Area Women Trial Attorneys (WAWTA).

Prior to entering law school, Ms. Gragert worked as a deputy press secretary in US Senator Debbie Stabenow's office, where she drafted the Senator's speeches, periodical columns, and media advisories. She also has worked as a press assistant and radio producer for Senator Tom Daschle's Democratic Communications Committee.

Ms. Gragert has represented clients in the following matters, among others:

  • A litigation in which over a dozen children, through their parents, sued a large religious organization in connection with child sexual abuse committed by a member of the religion, resulting in a three-month trial.
  • Cutting-edge lawsuits pertaining to concussions in intercollegiate athletics.
  • Several litigation matters arising from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, including a lawsuit brought by the estate of the late Coach Joe Paterno, which the estate dismissed for nothing after five years of litigation.
  • The NFL Players Association’s trial against the National Football League in connection with the 2011 NFL labor lockout. The court ruled in the Players’ favor. Sports Illustrated declared it a “major victory."
  • A class action brought by former NFL Players against the NFL Players Association in a licensing dispute.
  • A cosmetic company in a series of large-scale litigations, including a class action, a mass action, and a variety of spin-off individual actions, as well as a related government investigation, related to claims of injury caused by a hair product.
  • A mass action with over 700 plaintiffs in connection with potential toxic dumping.
  • Contract and other corporate disputes in the oil and gas, private equity, healthcare, and other industries.

Ms. Gragert also has experience in a number of white collar enforcement matters and internal investigations, including, among others:

  • An investigation into high-profile allegations of a sexual abuse by a high-ranking Catholic clergyman
  • A global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into certain practices of the security division of an international bank
  • Numerous investigations for health care companies regarding potential improper payments involving countries in Asia, Europe, Latin American, and the United States
  • A global compliance review regarding export control compliance for an international oil services company
  • A Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation regarding airport security scanning equipment, with a focus on sales in Africa
  • Representation of a Swiss banker in the Department of Justice’s investigation of Swiss banks regarding facilitation of tax evasion
  • Representation of two executives of an international aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company in front of the Department of Justice in the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation
  • An investigation into potential corrupt payments in connection with an international car racing organization
  • Representation of a candy company in two government investigations regarding improper “slack fill” (i.e., empty space) in packages of products  
 
 
 
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