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Simone E. Ross is a seasoned litigator who skillfully manages complex criminal and internal investigations and civil litigation for corporate and individual clients in various industries. Ms. Ross has represented clients in parallel criminal and civil proceedings conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state agencies, and in congressional investigations. She also has represented clients in litigation matters involving business torts, civil fraud, product liability, and employment disputes.

  • Represents companies and individuals in various industries in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and Congress, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies, financial institutions, and defense contractors targeted in criminal, oversight, ethics, and other matters.
  • Represents pharmaceutical companies in DOJ investigations of sales and marketing activities involving alleged violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, and other federal statutes, and in negotiations and implementation of corporate integrity agreements.
  • Counseled major pharmaceutical and medical device companies in civil qui tam and employment litigation with potential collateral consequences in government investigations.
  • Successfully defended a former DOJ official accused of prosecutorial misconduct by obtaining full exoneration in independent and internal investigations by a Special Prosecutor and DOJ-OPR, respectively.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a financial institution in connection with a review by the U.S. Treasury Department of alleged violations of anti-money laundering laws.
  • Conducted a comprehensive review, including an internal investigation of alleged corporate and employee misconduct, of an international consumer products supplier’s compliance with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration regulations.
  • Represented a defense contractor in civil proceedings, including injunctive actions, to enforce non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and in the negotiation and settlement of other employment disputes.
  • Reviewed a multinational pharmaceutical company’s business conduct policy and compliance plan with respect to federal, state, and local laws governing the company’s operations.
  • Represented a health care provider in a civil fraud action.

Pro Bono

  • Represented non-profit entities in responding to confidential and sensitive data requests from law enforcement agencies.
  • Represented a major, health care provider in a matter involving theft of proprietary information and coordination with cross-jurisdictional law enforcement.
  • Represented a Florida death-row inmate in post-conviction proceedings that culminated in a reversal of his convictions.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Children’s Law Center, Board of Directors
  • Second District (D.C. Metropolitan Police Department) Citizens Advisory Council, Member
  • Chevy Chase Citizens Association, Member

Previous Experience

  • Managing Vice President, Ethics & Investigations, at a top 10 financial institution.
  • Assistant Counsel, Office of Professional Responsibility, U.S. Department of Justice. Investigated professional misconduct allegations made against federal prosecutors and other Justice Department attorneys relating to prosecutions of terrorism, corporate fraud, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and other alleged criminal activities.
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Tried criminal cases in D.C. Superior Court, and briefed and argued criminal appeals before the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals.
  • Meritorious Award for Sustained Superior Performance, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility (2003-2007)