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Evelyn B. Sheehan
Lawyer
Miami
201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1900
Miami, Florida 33131
+1 305 967 6112
Miami
201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1900
Miami, Florida 33131
+1 305 967 6112

Evelyn B. Sheehan focuses her practice on advising institutional clients and their executives in cross-border investigations, government enforcement actions and related asset forfeiture matters. In addition, she also counsels clients in global asset tracing investigations and recovery efforts, in which she leads offensive asset forfeiture actions in aid of civil claim monetization.

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Ms. Sheehan served as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Division for that office, where she was responsible for overseeing complex cross-border investigations related to international corruption, foreign bribery, white-collar fraud, narcotics trafficking, organized crime and violations of anti-money laundering laws.

During her tenure at the Department of Justice, Ms. Sheehan worked for over six years to litigate the complex forfeiture matters related to the infamous $1.4 billion fraud scheme led by Scott Rothstein. The prosecution and forfeiture resulted in the successful conviction and imprisonment of 29 total defendants, and concluded in the full restitution of the hundreds of victims involved. As a result of her work in this case, Ms. Sheehan was awarded the 2016 U.S. Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award and was a semi-finalist for the 2010 Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyers Award for Criminal Justice Category.

Ms. Sheehan was also a member of the Regional Committee of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). As a result of her work on two high-profile international money laundering investigations, she earned two National OCDETF Awards. She has also lectured extensively on the application of asset forfeiture and money laundering laws for the U.S. Department of Justice and a number of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Before her time as a prosecutor, Ms. Sheehan practiced with White & Case LLP, where she focused on complex commercial litigation, and with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she focused on private equity fund formation and bankruptcy work.

Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education

  • Yale Law School (J.D., May 2002) (Yale Journal of International Law, Submissions Editor)
  • University of Michigan (B.A., May 1999) (High Honors; Phi Beta Kappa)

Languages

  • Spanish

Accolades

  • Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (2016)
  • Department of Defense Award for Outstanding Investigation (2018)
  • National Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Group Award for Outstanding Investigation (2018 and 2016)
  • Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity & Efficiency, Task Force Investigative Team Award (2017)
  • Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Chief’s Award for Outstanding Investigation (2017)
  • Daily Business Review’s Top 20 Women in Law (2015)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers in Miami-Dade (2013)
  • Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyers Award for Criminal Justice Category- Semifinalist (2010)

Select Engagements

  • Representation of an energy company in the enforcement of a US multibillion-dollar arbitration award against an African state.
  • Representation of an Asia-based business executive in a multi-jurisdictional investigation involving allegations of fraud, bribery, and money laundering.
  • Representation of an international company in developing and executing a cross-border asset recovery strategy against assets and targets located in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., among other jurisdictions to recover over $300 million taken by fraud.
  • Representation of an engineering company in the enforcement of a US multi-billion dollar arbitration award against an African state.
  • Representation of a Europe-based FinTech exchange in tracing leads to pinpoint Chinese wrongdoers, who turned out to be in an organized crime syndicate in China that was committing large-scale online fraud against various foreign corporate targets. We worked with various criminal justice and police authorities to investigate the fraud and pursue the wrongdoers behind the fraud against our client.
  • Representation of several executives of a precious metals commodities wholesaler in investigations conducted by various regulatory entities, as well as in parallel proceedings against the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Hispanic National Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

  • Expert Advisor for Asset Recovery Workshop, World Bank and United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Stolen Asset Recovery (“STAR”) Initiative (Guatemala City, February 2018)
  • Panelist, “Avoiding Turf Wars in Parallel Receiverships and Forfeiture Proceedings” (6th Annual National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (“NAFER”) Conference, Miami, October 2017)
  • Case Study: United States v. Scott Rothstein. Maximizing Asset Forfeiture Involving Complex Assets. United States Marshals Service Complex Asset Unit Summit (Washington, D.C., August 2014)
  • Case Study: United States v. Alvaro Lopez Tardon. Advanced Money Laundering Seminar at the National Advocacy Center (Columbia, South Carolina 2014)

Credentials

Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education

  • Yale Law School (J.D., May 2002) (Yale Journal of International Law, Submissions Editor)
  • University of Michigan (B.A., May 1999) (High Honors; Phi Beta Kappa)

Languages

  • Spanish

Accolades

  • Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (2016)
  • Department of Defense Award for Outstanding Investigation (2018)
  • National Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Group Award for Outstanding Investigation (2018 and 2016)
  • Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity & Efficiency, Task Force Investigative Team Award (2017)
  • Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Chief’s Award for Outstanding Investigation (2017)
  • Daily Business Review’s Top 20 Women in Law (2015)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers in Miami-Dade (2013)
  • Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyers Award for Criminal Justice Category- Semifinalist (2010)

Engagements

  • Representation of an energy company in the enforcement of a US multibillion-dollar arbitration award against an African state.
  • Representation of an Asia-based business executive in a multi-jurisdictional investigation involving allegations of fraud, bribery, and money laundering.
  • Representation of an international company in developing and executing a cross-border asset recovery strategy against assets and targets located in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., among other jurisdictions to recover over $300 million taken by fraud.
  • Representation of an engineering company in the enforcement of a US multi-billion dollar arbitration award against an African state.
  • Representation of a Europe-based FinTech exchange in tracing leads to pinpoint Chinese wrongdoers, who turned out to be in an organized crime syndicate in China that was committing large-scale online fraud against various foreign corporate targets. We worked with various criminal justice and police authorities to investigate the fraud and pursue the wrongdoers behind the fraud against our client.
  • Representation of several executives of a precious metals commodities wholesaler in investigations conducted by various regulatory entities, as well as in parallel proceedings against the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Hispanic National Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

  • Expert Advisor for Asset Recovery Workshop, World Bank and United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Stolen Asset Recovery (“STAR”) Initiative (Guatemala City, February 2018)
  • Panelist, “Avoiding Turf Wars in Parallel Receiverships and Forfeiture Proceedings” (6th Annual National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (“NAFER”) Conference, Miami, October 2017)
  • Case Study: United States v. Scott Rothstein. Maximizing Asset Forfeiture Involving Complex Assets. United States Marshals Service Complex Asset Unit Summit (Washington, D.C., August 2014)
  • Case Study: United States v. Alvaro Lopez Tardon. Advanced Money Laundering Seminar at the National Advocacy Center (Columbia, South Carolina 2014)