Clare Putnam Pozos
Clare Putnam Pozos

Clare Putnam Pozos represents clients in a broad range of high-stakes litigation, including white collar, investigations, crisis management, complex litigation, and privacy and cybersecurity matters.  Ms. Pozos is the former First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which is one of the nation's largest districts. In that role, she served as the second-ranking official in the U.S. Attorney's Office, overseeing the investigation and prosecution of cases involving a wide variety of federal crimes, including securities, commodities, insurance, health care, pandemic-related fraud, and other complex frauds, insider trading, public corruption, cybercrime, and asset forfeiture. Before holding that position, she served as the Senior Advisor to the U.S. Attorney, advising on criminal and civil case decisions, hiring and employment matters, and Department of Justice policy initiatives.

A seasoned trial lawyer, Ms. Pozos served as an Assistant United States Attorney for over a decade, first in Washington D.C. and later in Philadelphia. She has prosecuted hundreds of cases, acted as lead counsel in over 40 trials, and handled numerous appeals before both federal and state courts involving fraud, public corruption, cybercrime, and complex dark web narcotics investigations.

Ms. Pozos has received numerous Special Achievement Awards for her trial and investigative work throughout her career, including recognition by the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Outstanding Opioid Investigative Effort in both 2018 and 2019. Most recently, she was named among the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” in 2023, City & State's 2021 "Pennsylvania 40 under 40" and was also featured as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer in 2019.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Pozos was an associate at another international law firm where she concentrated her practice on political law and ethics investigations.

Ms. Pozos serves on the Board of Directors of TouchPoint Inc., which is a privately-held, diversified, global-growth company focused on engineered products in growth markets. She also is actively involved in the community in Philadelphia and serves on the Boards of the Lankenau Medical Center Foundation, the Rock School for Dance Education, and the Agnes Irwin School. Ms. Pozos is a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

  • Best of the Bar The Philadelphia Business Journal (2023)
  • Pennsylvania 40 Under 40City & State (2021)
  • Lawyer on the Fast Track The Legal Intelligencer (2019)
  • Outstanding Opioid Investigative Effort – Homeland Security Investigations Awards (2018, 2019)
  • “Crisis Management” - University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (November 2023)
  • “When the Government Comes Knocking: How to Engage with Regulators” – Women, Influence, & Power in Law Conference (October 2023)
  • White Collar Investigations and Prosecutions – Columbia Law School (October 2023)
  • “New Media” and the Law: How the 24-hour News Cycle, Digitalization, and the Age of Saturation Impacts the Bench and Bar – Third Circuit Judicial Conference (May 2023)
  • Government Enforcement Litigation University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (March 2023)
  • 2022 Global Enforcement Series: The Penalty Phase: Developments in Sentencing, Forfeiture, and Clawbacks  Women’s White Collar Defense Association (December 2022)
  • Women in Leadership Association of Corporate Counsel (November 2022)
  • Examining the Latest Product Liability Trends and What They Mean for In-house Counsel Dechert LLP (November 2022)
  • The Future of Trial Practice in Pharmaceutical Drug and Device Litigation – American Bar Association (June 2022)
  • Intellectual Property Crimes and U.S. Innovation – New York Intellectual Property Law Association (April 2022)
  • Reviewing the First Year (Plus) of the DOJ and SEC under the Biden Administration – Association of Corporate Counsel (March 2022)
  • Federal Prosecution in Practice: Preparing for Trial A Primer on Federal Criminal Procedure & Federal Rules of Evidence – University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (March 2021)
  • Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership – CenterForce USA (December 2020)
  • Interacting with the Federal Courts During the Covid-19 Crisis – Philadelphia Bar Association (August 2020)
  • Federal Prosecution in Practice: Grand Jury Practice and Charging Decisions – University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (January 2020)
  • Emerging Trends in Federal Narcotics Policy – University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (August 2019)
    • Harvard University, A.B., History, 2004, magna cum laude
    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2007, Managing Editor – Journal of Labor and Employment Law
    • Pennsylvania
    • District of Columbia
    • The Forum of Executive Women
    • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School American Inn of Court
    • Keystone Council, The Pennsylvania Society
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Honorable Michael M. Baylson