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Sarah E. Bouchard

Sarah E. Bouchard

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Philadelphia, PA, USA


Sarah Bouchard helps companies respond to workplace crisis situations.  She litigates highly sensitive and complex harassment, whistleblower, noncompetition, and trade secret matters across the United States. As co-leader of the firm’s whistleblower group, Sarah routinely handles litigation and litigation avoidance related to regulatory issues under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, False Claims Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  She is adept at leading internal investigations related to workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment, advising employers on appropriate responses and remediation measures, and defending companies in employment lawsuits and related matters.

Sarah’s whistleblower experience includes litigating numerous cases before the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), administrative law judges, and federal courts. She defends clients against allegations involving complex regulatory and compliance issues, including value-added tax (VAT) treatment and free trade zone issues; inventory booking and corresponding implications on quarterly earnings reports; accurate revenue accounting treatment; proper internal control procedures; and stock option agreements and compensation models. On behalf of Morgan Lewis, she has published comments to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program, and is a frequent speaker on Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Dodd-Frank whistleblower issues.

Sarah also advises employers on the preemptive creation of crisis management plans before harassment allegations are made, and she advises on workplace culture assessments to evaluate companies’ policies, practices, and processes for handling sexual harassment and other workplace complaints. Sarah has handled workplace harassment investigations and counseled on workplace crises for employers in the financial services, legal services, and media and entertainment industries.

A seasoned litigator with first- and second-chair trial experience in numerous matters, Sarah handles cases alleging violations of employment laws, including individual, US national, and regional collective class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws. She also litigates noncompete and trade secret matters for clients across the United States, most recently in the medical device and technology sectors.

Sarah also routinely advises employers on sexual harassment, employee leave rights, wage and hour compliance, and litigation avoidance, conducting training and internal audits related to these issues. Sarah is the labor and employment practice leader for the Philadelphia office.

Sarah E. Bouchard is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Sarah E. Bouchard and Margaret M. McDowell, Legal, Ethical, and Practical Considerations: Addressing Concerns of the Whistleblower - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, June 29, 2017
Sarah E. Bouchard, Louise Skinner, and Andrew Barber, Practical Tips for Effective Investigations of Anonymous Whistleblower Complaints (March 23, 2018) - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2018, Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2018, Thursday, June 28, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives , Thursday, June 28, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives , Thursday, June 28, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives , Thursday, June 28, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Corporate Whistleblowing in 2018, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, New York, NY
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