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Sarah Wilson is a litigation and investigations partner who chairs the firm’s market-leading Product Safety Practice Group. Her clients include the world’s largest global consumer and commercial products manufacturers across a range of industries, including consumer packaged goods, automotive vehicles and equipment, aviation, electronics, life sciences, and information technology. Ms. Wilson has successfully represented clients in the largest recalls and safety-related investigations in recent history, including airbags, fire extinguishers, single load liquid laundry packets, toxic chemicals in household products, lithium-ion battery-powered laptops, car seats, and electric bikes and scooters. Ms. Wilson assists clients in developing cutting edge recall policies, compliance program enhancements, and voluntary safety standards.

  • Successfully represented major consumer products manufacturers in numerous CPSC post-recall investigations that were closed with no enforcement action.
  • Represented automotive and consumer products manufacturers in two of the largest NHTSA and CPSC recalls in U.S. history.
  • Representation of mail services provider in a DOJ False Claims Act and Postal Inspection Service investigation involving postal rate discounts.
  • Representation of medical device supplier in False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute investigation; matter was closed without action.
  • Representation of global automotive company in series of internal investigations involving quality assurance and work culture issues.
  • Representation of global investment company in NHTSA tire recall and related post-recall arbitration proceeding.
  • Representation of global industrial technology company in NHTSA vehicle kit recall.
  • Representation of global automotive parts company in DOJ cartel investigation.
  • Representation of global electronic consumer products company in recall and post-recall investigations involving lithium-ion batteries.
  • Representation of major telecommunications companies in $1.2 billion False Claims Act case involving FCC spectrum licenses.
  • Representation of defense contractor in criminal fraud and civil False Claims Act matter involving military armor.
  • Representation of defense contractor in criminal and civil False Claims Act suit involving wartime operations.
  • Representation of pharmaceutical and medical device company in civil False Claims Act matter involving discounting practices.
  • Representation of major pharmaceutical companies in civil False Claims Act matters involving product contamination and recall issues.
  • Representation of Chinese and US pharmaceutical companies in FCPA investigations.
  • Representation of pharmaceutical, medical device, defense contractor, and telecommunications companies in False Claims Act and criminal fraud investigations and litigation.
  • Representation of global consumer products and consumer health care companies in CPSC investigations and enforcement actions.
  • Representation of venture capital software company and apparel company in AAA and CPR arbitrations involving commercial disputes.
  • Representation of corporate policyholder in a first-party property insurance coverage dispute involving extensive damage to Florida hotels caused by Hurricane Frances.
  • Representation of a major natural foods distributor and retailer in a consumer class action involving the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.
  • Representation of major railroad companies in state and federal tax litigation, breach of contract and takings litigation.

Pro Bono

  • Represented the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce in a successful lawsuit challenging the Small Business Administration’s delay in implementing the Women’s Procurement Program.
  • Represented a criminal defense attorney organization in a successful legal reform effort involving Virginia’s indigent defense compensation system.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Board Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • D.C. Women’s Bar Association
  • Legal Aid Society of D.C., Board Member

Previous Experience

  • United States Court of Federal Claims, Judge 
  • White House Counsel’s Office, Senior and Associate Counsel 
  • Department of Justice, Office of Policy Development, Deputy Assistant Attorney General 
  • Department of Justice, Federal Programs Branch Civil Division, Trial Attorney
  • The BTI Consulting Group, “Client Service All-Stars” (2020)
  • Legal 500 US, Marketing and Advertising (2015-2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2016-2020) 
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2014-2020)