Sara L.Rafferty


Washington + 1.202.879.4655

Sara Rafferty concentrates her practice on strategic planning and compliance advice to clients navigating the complex U.S. regulatory regimes and the agencies administering these regulations.

Sara assists companies with compliance regarding U.S. export controls, U.S. sanctions, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), by determining and obtaining licenses, conducting internal investigations, negotiating with the government, and advocating for clients disclosing information.

She also has experience with complex internal investigations before various regulatory and enforcement agencies, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations involving disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ), sanctions investigations and disclosures to OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control), and False Claims Act (FCA) investigations. These investigations involve witness interviews, collaborating with industry experts, drafting memos, drafting white papers, and other correspondence for submission to relevant government agencies.

In addition to investigations, Sara represents clients in rulemakings and consultations before regulatory authorities. Specifically, she has advised and crafted client communications through oral testimony and written submissions before the U.S. Trade Representative's Section 301 Committee. Sara's litigation practice has involved bid protests with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a cross-border investment dispute, and an arbitration under ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act).

Prior to joining Jones Day, Sara served for four years as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. After leaving government service she worked three years lobbying on national security issues while pursuing a law degree at Georgetown University.


  • 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.
  • 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.
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