Sara L.Rafferty


Dallas + 1.214.969.2922

Sara Rafferty represents commercial clients in complex civil litigation matters as well as in administrative and regulatory challenges involving the government. She has defended clients against federal and state governments in False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuits, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations, Congressional investigations, and sanctions investigations and disclosures before the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Sara's litigation practice involves overseeing complex case discovery, developing case strategy, researching legal issues, and drafting motions and briefs. Her practice focuses on representing clients in the health care, hospital systems, laboratory, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industries in litigation and investigations. Sara's practice includes qui tam actions, government and internal investigations, and payor-provider disputes. She has also defended corporate clients against claims brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) through a series of withdrawal liability arbitrations.

In addition to investigations and litigation, Sara represents clients in challenging rulemakings before regulatory authorities. She has advised and crafted oral testimony and written submissions before the U.S. Trade Representative's Section 301 Committee and the Federal Communications Commission.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Sara served for four years as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she was a policy advisor on numerous issues. After leaving government service, she spent three years lobbying on behalf of corporations on health care and national security issues while pursuing a law degree at Georgetown University. She is actively involved in the Dallas arts community and graduated from the Dallas Business Council of the Arts Leadership Arts Institute.


  • Major southeast health system resolves claims brought by commercial insurerJones Day represented a large hospital system in a dispute with one of the major national health insurance providers.
  • Park Place acquires Custom Hardware Engineering & Consulting, Inc.Jones Day advised Park Place Technologies, LLC in its acquisition of Custom Hardware Engineering & Consulting, Inc., a provider of mission critical data center infrastructure services and specializing in post warranty hardware maintenance.
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers obtains summary judgment win in withdrawal liability caseIn a case of first impression in the courts within the Second Circuit, Jones Day represented C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. in obtaining summary judgment against a $64 million withdrawal liability claim brought against it by the NY State Teamsters Pension Fund.
  • World Wide Minerals obtains arbitration award in excess of $50 million against the Republic of KazakhstanJones Day obtained an arbitration award on behalf of World Wide Minerals Ltd. ("WWM"), a Toronto-based mining company, and Mr. Paul A. Carroll, QC, WWM's President and CEO, which held that the Republic of Kazakhstan breached international law and the Canada-U.S.S.R. Bilateral Investment Treaty ("BIT") over 20 years ago.
  • Public utility company resolves subcontractor disputeJones Day achieved a successful settlement for a leading public utility client defending against subcontractor claims.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires The Praetorian GroupJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and related financing by portfolio company, Lexipol, LLC, of The Praetorian Group, a leading provider of learning and content platforms for local government and public safety organizations.
  • Tekni-Plex acquires Commodore Plastics and Commodore TechnologyJones Day advised Tekni-Plex, Inc., a portfolio company of private equity fund Genstar Capital, in connection with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Commodore Plastics and Commodore Technology, a family owned industrial business specializing in the manufacture of foam and plastic packaging.
  • Riverside simultaneously acquires four businesses to create Netwatch Global GroupJones Day advised The Riverside Company on the simultaneous acquisition of four businesses resulting in the formation of the Netwatch Global Group.
  • Tekni-Plex acquires Dunn IndustriesJones Day advised Tekni-Plex, Inc., a portfolio company of private equity fund Genstar Capital, in connection with its acquisition of Dunn Industries, Inc., a family owned industrial company specializing in the manufacture of extrusion tubing for the medical device market.
  • Public company discloses FCPA issues to DOJ and SECJones Day coordinated the internal investigation and resulting self-disclosure to the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for a public company involved in industrial and manufacturing work regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") issues arising out of the company’s China office.