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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 high-net-worth individuals, 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. While at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Ms. Sheehan received various distinguished service awards for her work on asset forfeiture matters to recover illicit proceeds on behalf of victims of crime.

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Ms. Sheehan served as a prosecutor at the DOJ 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 DOJ, 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

Government Enforcement Defense

  • Representation of the liquidation trustee of a Florida hospital group to reach a coordination agreement with the Department of Justice related to competing criminal forfeiture in a criminal investigation in a $200 million clinical laboratory scheme.
  • Representation of a high-net-worth individual who controls a significant digital currency mining operation in defending against an indictment issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey alleging conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to sell unregistered securities.
  • Representation of an Asian business executive in global legal matters arising out of the “1MDB” matter, which involve criminal charges and civil asset forfeiture proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as additional legal action from authorities located in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and various other countries, involving several billions of USD in controversy.
  • Representation of Latin American executive in an FCPA investigation being conducted by the U.S. DOJ and other authorities into alleged bribery with respect to contracts awarded to a state-owned oil company and money laundering regarding the same.
  • Representation of two South Florida executives in an investigation being conducted by the U.S. DOJ into alleged healthcare fraud and violations of the anti-kickback statute.

Claim Monetization & Dilution

  • Representation of a victim of fraud 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 US $300 million taken by a money laundering operation.
  • Representation of a high-net-worth individual in asset tracing and recovery projects to collect on a judgment worth tens of millions of US dollars.
  • Representation of an energy company in the enforcement of a US multibillion-dollar arbitration award against an African state.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Member
  • Yale Law School Alumni Association of South Florida, Steering Committee Member
  • Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Community Outreach Committee Member
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Rankings Initiative Subcommittee Member

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Anticipation is Essential: Deploying Proactive Strategies to Protect Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals in Central America” (Kobre & Kim, September 2020)
  • Speaker, “DOJ’s Enforcement Beyond the U.S.: Recent Trends and Future Risks for Latin America” (Kobre & Kim, August 2020)
  • Panelist, “End of the Innocence: Behind bars: The criminalization of the profession and erosion of the attorney-client privilege” (Private Client Forum Americas, Playa del Carmen, February 2020)
  • Panelist, “The Bankruptcy Trustee vs. Uncle Sam: Dividing the Proceeds of the Crime” (American Bankruptcy Institute Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, San Juan, February 2020)
  • 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

Government Enforcement Defense

  • Representation of the liquidation trustee of a Florida hospital group to reach a coordination agreement with the Department of Justice related to competing criminal forfeiture in a criminal investigation in a $200 million clinical laboratory scheme.
  • Representation of a high-net-worth individual who controls a significant digital currency mining operation in defending against an indictment issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey alleging conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to sell unregistered securities.
  • Representation of an Asian business executive in global legal matters arising out of the “1MDB” matter, which involve criminal charges and civil asset forfeiture proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as additional legal action from authorities located in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and various other countries, involving several billions of USD in controversy.
  • Representation of Latin American executive in an FCPA investigation being conducted by the U.S. DOJ and other authorities into alleged bribery with respect to contracts awarded to a state-owned oil company and money laundering regarding the same.
  • Representation of two South Florida executives in an investigation being conducted by the U.S. DOJ into alleged healthcare fraud and violations of the anti-kickback statute.

Claim Monetization & Dilution

  • Representation of a victim of fraud 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 US $300 million taken by a money laundering operation.
  • Representation of a high-net-worth individual in asset tracing and recovery projects to collect on a judgment worth tens of millions of US dollars.
  • Representation of an energy company in the enforcement of a US multibillion-dollar arbitration award against an African state.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Member
  • Yale Law School Alumni Association of South Florida, Steering Committee Member
  • Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Community Outreach Committee Member
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Rankings Initiative Subcommittee Member

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Anticipation is Essential: Deploying Proactive Strategies to Protect Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals in Central America” (Kobre & Kim, September 2020)
  • Speaker, “DOJ’s Enforcement Beyond the U.S.: Recent Trends and Future Risks for Latin America” (Kobre & Kim, August 2020)
  • Panelist, “End of the Innocence: Behind bars: The criminalization of the profession and erosion of the attorney-client privilege” (Private Client Forum Americas, Playa del Carmen, February 2020)
  • Panelist, “The Bankruptcy Trustee vs. Uncle Sam: Dividing the Proceeds of the Crime” (American Bankruptcy Institute Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, San Juan, February 2020)
  • 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)