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Richard A. Sauber

Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP

Washington, DC, USA

DICK SAUBER is a litigator who represents companies and individuals in connection with Government investigations and enforcement actions of all types.  He has tried dozens of criminal and civil cases and regularly appears for clients in Congressional hearings, Government agency proceedings, and grand jury matters.  He has conducted internal investigations for companies in nearly every industry in the United States.

Since entering private practice in 1984, Dick has spent significant time representing government contractors.  He was the first defense lawyer to challenge the constitutionality of various provisions of the 1986 amendments to the False Claims Act, and the first defense lawyer to try a FCA retaliation case.  He has since handled dozens of FCA and Qui Tam cases.

Dick also represents clients in connection with FCPA matters.  He routinely conducts internal investigations and has worked on FCPA matters in China, Taiwan, Germany, Russia, the Middle East, and northern Africa.  He advises companies in acquisitions on law enforcement due diligence matters on a regular basis.

Before entering private practice, Dick was a federal prosecutor for seven years.  He was appointed by President Reagan to form and lead the first multi-agency task force to concentrate on pursuing fraud in government contracts.  He was a partner for 23 years at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson where he was the Chair of the firm’s Washington Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School where he has taught a National Security Crimes seminar and an evidence class.  He has tried jury cases in New York, Washington, California, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, and his appellate work includes arguing cases before the Supreme Court and nearly every one of the Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Representative matters include: 

  • Represented Northrop Grumman in multiple government civil and criminal cases since 1986
  • Represented Community Health Services in multiple government and Qui Tam matters
  • Represented a major Wall Street financial institution in a Justice Department investigation of the Credit Default Swap market 
  • Represented the Board of a major energy company to conduct an internal investigation of a fatal pipeline rupture and explosion 
  • Represented a major private equity firm under scrutiny in the “pay to play” investigation conducted by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo
  • Represented reporter Matt Cooper of Time Magazine in the Valerie Plame matter
  • Performed the due diligence for a major New York buy-out firm in connection with a multi-billion dollar acquisition in the health care industry

Professional Activities, Publications and Honors

  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law School
  • General Counsel, Freedom House
  • Board of Directors, Children’s Hospital, Washington D.C.


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1977
  • M.Litt., Oxford University, 1975, Rhodes Scholar, 1973 - 1975
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University, 1972

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