Sara Kropf, Of Counsel, is an experienced trial lawyer who defends both individuals and companies in civil and criminal cases. Her clients have included public and private companies, as well as the executives who run them. She has tried multiple cases to verdict across the country, including winning both a landmark online defamation case and the first-ever trial against a company under the Alien Tort Statute. Sara also helped win the complete acquittal of a heath care executive in a month-long federal criminal trial.
From 2009 to 2013, Sara was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Baker Botts LLP. Sara graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University 1995, magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999, and also received a PhD from Georgetown University in 2002. She clerked for the Honorable Paul Niemeyer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
On the criminal side, Sara has represented executives who were accused of securities and accounting fraud, government contracting fraud, Medicare kickbacks, and public corruption offenses. Her representations include advising clients about cooperation in internal investigations and through the grand jury process. Sara has also represented federal employees in Office of Inspector General and administrative investigations.
On the civil side, Sara’s litigation experience has involved civil litigation for clients in a wide variety of industries including energy, health care, insurance and financial services. She has handled all aspects of civil litigation—from complex overseas discovery to expert depositions to motions practice to trial. This practice has encompassed defending breach of contract cases to civil RICO class actions.
Sara also has developed a national defamation practice. She advises clients about handling negative online reviews and analyzing litigation risk in defamation cases. She has litigated several defamation cases in court and frequently speaks to industry groups about this area of law.
Sara was an elected member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors from 2014 to 2017 and is a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Counsel for the Elderly, a legal services organization that provides assistance to low-income seniors in the District of Columbia. She also is a Complaint Examiner for the D.C. Office of Police Complaints.