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Sarah L. Wilson

Sarah L. Wilson

Covington & Burling LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Sarah L. Wilson is a litigation partner and former federal judge whose practice focuses on litigation and investigations.  She has handled a broad range of civil and criminal disputes, including False Claims Act litigation, environmental and natural resources litigation, insurance litigation, pharmaceutical and consumer product company investigations, and arbitration.

Ms. Wilson co-chairs the Advertising and Consumer Law Practice Group.  She has represented the world’s largest automotive and consumer product companies in recall and post-recall investigations and disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Wilson served as a Trial Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice, as an Associate and Senior Counsel in the White House Counsel's Office, and as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Previous Employment

  • United States Court of Federal Claims, Judge
  • White House Counsel’s Office, Senior and Associate Counsel
  • Department of Justice, Office of Policy Development, Deputy Assistant Attorney General
  • Department of Justice, Federal Programs Branch Civil Division, Trial Attorney

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Board Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • D.C. Women’s Bar Association
  • Legal Aid Society of D.C., Board Member


Litigation and Investigations

  • White Collar Defense and Investigations

Regulatory and Public Policy

  • Antitrust/Competition
  • Advertising and Consumer Law


  • Columbia Law School
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Editor
  • Yale University, M.Phil.
  • Yale University, M.A.
  • Williams College, B.A.
    • cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Richard L. Williams, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1990 - 1991

Government Service

  • White House
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania

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