Clients appreciate Meena Sinfelt’s direct communication style and creative approach to devising a formidable defense in the face of difficult circumstances. She is dedicated to providing the most effective defense to businesses and individuals facing internal investigations and complex criminal or antitrust matters, and also provides proactive corporate compliance counseling.
Meena advises clients involved 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 is experienced in conducting internal investigations and witness preparation for grand jury appearances, federal agency proffers and depositions. She is skilled in handling cross-border electronic discovery issues and has managed virtually all phases of discovery for criminal and civil matters.
Meena is a member of the core team assisting the Special Compliance Coordinator appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to monitor, assess and report on the U.S. export control compliance of Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China, and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. of Hi-New Shenzhen, China (collectively, ZTE).
With a detail-oriented approach, 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, Meena defends 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 is passionate about the law and her clients, and is personally invested in defending their rights. Meena is valued for her multidimensional assessment of her client’s position, ability to communicate the risks associated with their situation, and for helping to devise strategies that offer them a veritable defense.
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
Member, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition Legal Advisory Committee
Pro bono, tried and won cases for indigent clients seeking asylum in the United States to avoid persecution in their home country due to religious beliefs or social group status
Pro bono, successfully prevented the removal of a client who was granted refugee status in the United States as a Lost Boy of Sudan
Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2014-2017
Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, District of Columbia Court of Appeals