Sarah Ripa's practice is concentrated on complex litigation and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations and related client counseling.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Sarah practiced in the general litigation group in the Washington, D.C. office of a New York headquartered firm and assisted high-profile clients in many industries. Sarah's experience includes the representation of a payment card company in a federal antitrust class action; a social media company in an investigation regarding alleged FCPA violations in India; a life science company in an investigation regarding alleged FCPA violations in West Africa; a technology company in an investigation regarding potential FCPA violations in its Russian sales division; and a pharmaceutical company under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for alleged violations of the FCPA spanning the globe. Sarah also conducted an investigation of a federal judge regarding allegations of judicial misconduct.
Sarah has advised multinational companies in varied industries on anticorruption matters, including developing ethics and compliance programs; drafting related trainings, policies, and procedures; and advising on third-party engagements. She has also advised companies on antitrust risk and has drafted training presentations for employees regarding the same.
Sarah maintains a robust pro bono practice and led a team, in partnership with the Wisconsin Innocence Project, in all aspects of an actual innocence post-conviction claim and evidentiary hearing. She served as a special education advocate for a student with disabilities and has represented clients in immigration, landlord-tenant, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) matters.
- The George Washington University (J.D. with high honors 2012; Order of the Coif); St. Norbert College (B.A. in Political Science and Sociology summa cum laude 2008; St. Norbert College Trustees Scholarship for Academic Excellence; Dean's List)
- Minnesota and District of Columbia
- Intern to Judge Reggie Walton, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Summer 2010)