Sara M. Lord is a partner in the Litigation, Government Investigations, and Healthcare Practices. An award-winning former federal prosecutor, she has extensive experience investigating and litigating healthcare fraud, financial fraud and public corruption cases throughout the United States.
Her practice focuses on internal corporate investigations, responses to government audits and investigations, grand jury representations, white collar criminal defense and appellate matters. Within these areas, she has particular expertise dealing with healthcare, public corruption, bank fraud, pension fraud, mortgage fraud and international investigative demands.
Before joining AGG, Ms. Lord served for 18 years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Northern District of New York where she was, at various times, the Financial Institutions Fraud Attorney, the Healthcare Fraud Coordinator, and the Professional Responsibility Officer. As an AUSA, she focused primarily on white collar fraud cases, including healthcare fraud, public corruption, bank fraud, tax evasion, ERISA fraud, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering investigations. She received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for her work leading the investigation and prosecution of a large-scale alien smuggling network that operated from China through Hong Kong, Thailand and Canada into the United States. The case, which was coordinated and jointly prosecuted with the Canadian Crown Prosecutor’s Office, also involved one of the first uses of Title III authority in the United States to investigate immigration offenses.
In 2008–09, Ms. Lord was one of several attorneys detailed by the Department of Justice to work on the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Threshold Country Program for Ukraine. Through the U.S. Embassy and the Agency for International Development (USAID), she worked with representatives of the Ukrainian Government on an Anti-Corruption Program that included (1) drafting a comprehensive code of professional ethics and conflicts of interest for public servants; (2) developing an effective system for financial declarations; and (3) establishing internal investigation units within selected government ministries.
Before becoming an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of New York, Ms. Lord was a Senior Litigation Counsel and Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section in Washington DC. There, she worked on investigations, trials and appeals in public corruption cases around the United States, including in California, New York, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Indiana and the District of Columbia. She received the Justice Department’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement in Litigation. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Lord served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya. A Rhodes Scholar with degrees from Yale, Oxford and Harvard, she brings a wealth of experience to the firm.