Sarah F. Weiss is a partner in the Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice.  She focuses her practice on internal and government-initiated investigations, individual criminal defense, and corporate compliance counseling.

Ms. Weiss has extensive experience in federal, state, and local government investigations in a variety of areas, including matters involving alleged money laundering, fraud, bribery/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, kickbacks, and environmental violations.  Ms. Weiss’s experience spans a broad spectrum of industries, including the energy, food, banking, automotive, healthcare, casino, and construction industries.  Ms. Weiss regularly counsels companies engaged in preventative compliance efforts, remediation, or as part of a monitorship, both in the United States and abroad.  Ms. Weiss also has experience in complex commercial litigation, including matters involving self-regulatory organizations and derivative trading.  Ms. Weiss is a certified anti-money laundering specialist.

Ms. Weiss focuses her pro bono practice on individual criminal defense.  She has led pre-trial and post-conviction teams and defended individuals in the Cook County Circuit Court – Criminal Division in nearly twenty cases, including three homicide cases, one attempted murder case, and several other serious felonies. Ms. Weiss was a recipient of the 2018 Albert E. Jenner Pro Bono Award. 

From 2013 to 2014, Ms. Weiss served as a law clerk to the Honorable John J. Tharp, Jr. of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Before law school, Ms. Weiss was a paralegal at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union in the Immigrants’ Rights Project.