Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP today welcomes Ronald A. Sarachan as a partner joining its White Collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations Team. A skilled trial lawyer with more than 25 years experience, 12 as a federal prosecutor, Sarachan was most recently a partner and chair of the corporate investigations and white collar defense practice of Ballard Spahr LLP.
“Ron is a very talented litigator, and we are excited that he is joining our white collar practice,” said Alfred W. Putnam, Jr., Chairman of Drinker Biddle. “We have a team filled with former federal and state prosecutors who can offer clients the insight, knowledge and experience they need when conducting an investigation or facing criminal charges.”
In matters involving criminal prosecution and investigation, Sarachan has a long and successful track record of defending clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses, as well as individual owners, directors, managers and other employees. In addition to white collar defense, Sarachan focuses his practice on regulatory enforcement and complex civil litigation. His experience spans a variety of industries, including defense contractors, financial services, health care, technology and energy, as well as petroleum, chemical and general manufacturing, especially in the environmental arena.
Prior to 1997, Sarachan spent a dozen years with the U.S. Department of Justice in several capacities. In the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he was an assistant U.S. attorney and served as Senior Litigation Counsel and as Chief of the Major Crimes Section, supervising all local federal prosecutions in more than 25 different criminal areas. Sarachan later served in Washington, D.C., as the Chief of the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section supervising more than 30 federal prosecutors and the investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes throughout the country.
At Drinker Biddle, Sarachan joins several alumni from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, including partners Gregory P. Miller, Barry Gross and William M. McSwain. Miller was a Chief of the office’s Criminal Division and Gross acted as lead counsel and co-counsel in the investigations and racketeering trials of the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra family. Other former assistant U.S. attorneys at Drinker Biddle include partners Charles S. Leeper and Jesse A. Witten in Washington, D.C., Gordon B. Nash, Jr., and W. David Braun in Chicago, and Vincent E. Gentile in Princeton, N.J.
Sarachan earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, where he was also articles editor of the Michigan Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He is a frequent speaker and author, and is co-chair of the Environmental Crimes Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Section.