Jennifer L. Saulino

Jennifer L. Saulino is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz. Her practice focuses on trials as well as defending individuals and corporations in investigations and prosecutions. Jennifer has tried ten complex federal cases to jury verdicts, including eight as the lead trial lawyer. She has appeared in federal courts across the country, including New York, Miami, Houston, New Orleans, Detroit, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Before joining the firm, Jennifer spent nearly seven years as a prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, where she held a number of positions, most recently as an Assistant Chief of the Section as well as the Director of the Deepwater Horizon Task Force. During her time at the Department of Justice, Jennifer led trial teams as first chair in some of the Fraud Section’s most difficult and complex cases. Among those were two of the three criminal cases charged against individual employees of BP in the aftermath of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. She received an Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention, two Assistant Attorney General’s Awards, and the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse. Before her government service, Jennifer worked as a litigation associate at Covington & Burling, LLP.

Notable Matters

Jennifer’s notable matters before joining Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz include:

  • Lead trial lawyer in two of the three criminal cases charged against BP employees in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill
  • Lead trial lawyer in six lengthy, complex Medicare fraud, kickback, and money laundering trials of multiple defendants.
  • Lead prosecutor in the Justice Department’s investigation of Deutsche Bank AG for manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), resulting in the Justice Department’s largest resolution to date with a bank investigated for LIBOR manipulation, including a $775 million payment and a guilty plea for the bank’s London subsidiary.
  • Led a team of prosecutors in the investigation of a major multinational corporation for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
  • Lead prosecutor in the then-largest criminal health care prosecution ever undertaken by the Health Care Fraud Strike Force – the prosecution of owners, operators, doctors, therapists, and others involved with American Therapeutic Corporation, resulting in dozens of convictions.
  • Successfully briefed and argued motion to exclude for Miranda violations a two-hour videotaped confession of a Maryland man accused of murder, followed by successful defense of the ruling on appeal.

Clients & Industries

Jennifer has experience from her time in private practice and her time in government service working in numerous subject-matter areas, including: pharmaceuticals, health care, banking and securities, oil and gas, retail sales, emerging technology, and insurance recovery.

Other Activities

When not assisting clients, Jennifer enjoys spending her time mentoring younger professionals, and she volunteers with a local charity benefiting childhood brain cancer research. She is also an active member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court.

Education

  • Undergraduate: Yale University
  • Law: The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif