Sharon Frase

Senior Associate

San Francisco

Sharon E. Frase (Shara), a former federal prosecutor, focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations.

Shara has experience representing individuals and corporations in cases involving potential violations of the securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the False Claims Act, FIRREA, and other federal and state criminal laws.  She also has experience with securities litigation and antitrust actions in a range of industries, including the construction, technology and financial services sectors. 

Shara is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where she successfully tried a million-dollar food-stamp fraud case against a business owner and an obstruction of justice case against a tax protestor who threatened the IRS agent assigned to his case. She also successfully tried a civil asset forfeiture case resulting in the recovery and repatriation to France of a Camille Pissarro painting stolen from a French museum in the early 1980’s. Shara also helped return to victims all the assets of convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff, as well as the assets of Madoff's co-conspirators.  Her investigation into an art-smuggling and money laundering conspiracy by a Brazilian banker led to the recovery and repatriation to Brazilian bank fraud victims of a modern art collection worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Prior to becoming an AUSA, Shara was an associate with Heller Ehrman LLP, where, among other engagements, she represented more than 30 law schools in their First Amendment challenge to the Solomon Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Sharon's recent representations include:

    • Representation of a Fortune 500 company in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into compliance with Bank Secrecy Act reporting requirements.
    • Representation of a senior corporate officer of a Fortune 100 company in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice into the shipment of illegal pharmaceuticals by online pharmacies.
    • Representation of a Fortune 50 company in a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of inventory practices.
    • Representation of a durable medical equipment provider in an investigation by the Department of Justice.
    • Representation of a public university medical center in an investigation of potential False Claims Act violations.

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