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Laura Mellis Sidarth is an associate in the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. Ms. Sidarth has extensive experience representing companies and individuals at all stages of internal and governmental investigations involving allegations of fraud, false claims, and corruption. Ms. Sidarth also represents companies in suspension and debarment matters before the World Bank and counsels them on adherence to the World Bank’s Integrity Compliance Guidelines.

  • Represent multinational engineering firms in World Bank debarment proceedings spanning multiple countries and concerning allegations of bribery, fraud, and collusion.
  • Advise World Bank contractors on compliance with Integrity Compliance Guidelines and interactions with the Integrity Compliance Office.
  • Represent current and former senior executives in DOJ/SEC investigations into alleged FCPA violations.
  • Represent a major pharmaceutical company in multiple investigations concerning compliance with the Controlled Substances Act.
  • Assist a Japanese airbag manufacturer with a DOJ investigation into alleged fraud.
  • Advise a South Asian IT services company on a civil false claims act investigation.
  • Represent a flooring manufacturer in a DOJ/SEC investigation into alleged criminal violations of the Lacey Act.
  • Conduct anti-corruption risk assessment on behalf of a pharmaceutical company with global operations.

Pro Bono

  • Advise health advocacy organization on state law governing Medicaid funding for emergency contraception and related issues.
  • Represent non-profit organization in federal trial and appeals court proceedings to recover escrow funds.
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar "Rising Star" (2016, 2017, 2018)