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Meena T. Sinfelt
Partner

Washington, D.C., Columbus

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-4623
41 S. High Street
Suite 3300
Columbus, OH 43215-6104

P 202-371-6368

F 202-289-1330

OVERVIEW

Meena T. Sinfelt
Partner

Washington, D.C., Columbus

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-4623
41 S. High Street
Suite 3300
Columbus, OH 43215-6104

P 202-371-6368

F 202-289-1330

Meena T. Sinfelt is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg's Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio, offices. Meena is a member of the Litigation Department, the White Collar and Investigations Practice Group, the Antitrust and Competition Law Practice Group, and the Compliance Practice Group. She focuses her practice on white collar defense, internal investigations, corporate compliance and ethics, antitrust matters and complex criminal and civil litigation.

OVERVIEW

Meena T. Sinfelt Partner

Washington, D.C.

Columbus

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-4623
41 S. High Street
Suite 3300
Columbus, OH 43215-6104

P : 202-371-6368

Meena T. Sinfelt is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg's Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio, offices. Meena is a member of the Litigation Department, the White Collar and Investigations Practice Group, the Antitrust and Competition Law Practice Group, and the Compliance Practice Group. She focuses her practice on white collar defense, internal investigations, corporate compliance and ethics, antitrust matters and complex criminal and civil litigation.

Meena represents clients in government investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of State, Department of Treasury, Congressional inquiries, the Inspector General for various federal agencies, qui tam actions, FCPA matters, and tort and contract disputes. She also counsels clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and international export regulations and antitrust compliance matters. Meena has substantial experience conducting internal investigations and witness preparation for grand jury appearances, federal agency proffers and depositions. She has experience handling cross-border electronic discovery issues and has managed all phases of discovery for criminal and civil matters.

Meena represents corporations and individuals in government prosecutions by the Antitrust Section of DOJ concerning allegations of horizontal price fixing and customer allocation. In the civil litigation arena, she represents corporations facing allegations of price fixing, customer allocation, exclusive contracts, and attempted monopolization brought under the Sherman Act. Meena was appointed and served as co-liaison counsel for all defendants in the Air Cargo Shipping Antitrust Litigation, pending in the Eastern District of New York under the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) procedures.

Meena has also tried and won cases for indigent pro bono clients seeking asylum in the United States to avoid persecution in their home country on account of the client's religious beliefs or social group status. She has also successfully prevented the removal of a client who was granted refugee status in the United States as a Lost Boy of Sudan. Meena also serves on the Legal Advisory Committee to the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition. 

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, Ohio Bar Association

Member, District of Columbia Bar Association

Member, District of Columbia Women's White Collar Defense Association

Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Honors

Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014-2017

D.C. Court of Appeals,2013 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll

EXPERIENCE
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented an engineer for a Fortune 500 company’s design division in an International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia involving the sharing of classified arms designs with the Chinese government. We convinced the government to pursue lesser charges and the client served no jail time. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys counselled an international energy company on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and designed its FCPA compliance program. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a chemical manufacturing company in litigation involving the Environmental Protection Agency’s system of allowances for producing certain chemicals used as refrigerants and usage of those chemicals. This matter was successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a government contract company in a qui tam action brought by the U.S. Government involving the Small Business Association 8(a) program for small and disadvantaged businesses. We were able to negotiate a small civil fine that was favorable to the client’s position. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a Pacific Rim airline in two antitrust criminal investigations alleging price fixing. Both investigations ended after six years of investigation (including grand jury proceedings), with the Department of Justice providing the airline with a non-prosecution letter. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a U.S. citizen government contractor for a Lebanese construction company who was charged with bribing a U.S. Army official. We were able to negotiate a favorable plea agreement. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented an attorney in an FDIC and District of Columbia Bar investigation into a response to a Congressional subpoena for bank documents handled by a contract attorney firm. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented an oil company executive in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and other alleged improper payments in Nigeria. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented the CEO of a New York lighting company in a criminal case charging bank fraud in the Eastern District of New York. The case resulted in a lenient sentence for the client. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented the former budget director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in an inspector general criminal investigation for waste, fraud and abuse. The client was not charged and we convinced the inspector general to drop the investigation and any potential charges. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented the former campaign chairman for a U.S. presidential candidate in a federal jury trial regarding reporting obligations under the Federal Elections Act. The client was acquitted of one count of making false statements to law enforcement, which was the only charge the jury was asked to consider.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented the head of air freight operations for an international freight forwarder under criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division for alleged price fixing involving freight out of Asia. The investigation concluded without charges. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented the head of sea freight operations for a German freight forwarder in a criminal antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice. The investigation ended without charges being brought. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg obtained not guilty verdicts for clients Tokai Kogyo Ltd., and its U.S. subsidiary, Green Tokai Co. Ltd., in a federal criminal jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Cincinnati. Tokai and Green Tokai were indicted in June 2016 for allegedly conspiring to fix the prices of automotive body sealing products sold to Honda Motor Co. Ltd in the United States and faced potential fines in the hundreds of millions of dollars. After a month-long jury trial featuring testimony from several Japanese witnesses from Nishikawa Rubber and Honda, the jury returned its verdicts after less than four hours of deliberation.
  • Represented a Division I lacrosse coach during a state criminal investigation of a student athlete in the school's lacrosse program. The coach did not have to testify in the subsequent criminal case. Defended the client in a $1 million civil negligence suit filed by the alleged victim, which was dismissed. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
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