Christina Guerola Sarchio

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Christina Guerola Sarchio

Partner

Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-1110
+1 202 261 3465 | +1 202 261 3333

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Christina Guerola Sarchio focuses her practice on general commercial litigation, class actions and white collar defense, with significant experience in the consumer products, financial, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, sports and transportation industries. A former prosecutor and an experienced trial lawyer, Ms. Sarchio has successfully tried several jury trials before federal and state courts. She also regularly appears before a number of agencies and regulators, including the DOJ, FDA, SEC and various U.S. Attorney offices.

Ms. Sarchio has been recognized as a leading lawyer for her work in general commercial disputes in The Legal 500 U.S. 2018 and 2017. She was also selected as a 2018 Woman Worth Watching by The Diversity Journal.  She received MCCA’s 2017 Rainmaker Award and named among the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the U.S. for 2018 and 2017 by Benchmark Litigation, where she is also listed as a D.C. litigation star.

Ms. Sarchio serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Sarchio served as a partner at another international law firm where she acted as chair of the class action strike team as well as a member of the Board of Directors. Her previous experience includes serving as prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Experience

Business Advice and Litigation

  • JP Morgan Chase in several consumer lawsuits alleging violations of the TCPA (2018-present).
  • Ooma in securing an order dismissing a consumer action in New Jersey state court pursuant to a mandatory arbitration provision.
  • Bondholders of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico on litigation options against the Commonwealth in light of its financial challenges.
  • Women's National Basketball Players Association on legal and business strategy.
  • ExxonMobil in securing dismissal of the Washington, D.C. Attorney General's consumer protection complaint. 
  • National Basketball Players Association in litigation against its former Executive Director, Billy Hunter, and advising on legal and business matters.
  • ExxonMobil in a motion to dismiss an antitrust suit against (Diaz Aviation Corp v. Esso et al, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4651, D Pr 2011).
  • U-Haul in resolving breach of contract litigation.
  • National Football League Players Association on various legal issues.
  • ExxonMobil in five consolidated cases brought by more than 100 dealers to enjoin sale and divestiture of gas station business in Puerto Rico, won after bench trial (Santiago-Sepulveda v. Esso, 582 F.Supp. 2d 154, D Pr 2008).

Class Actions

  • Rent A Center in defending against allegations of violations of Karnette Act and other consumer protection statutes (ND Cal 2017-present).
  • Apple in a dismissal of class action lawsuit alleging violations of a New Jersey statute (ND Cal – 2018).
  • Wells Fargo in securing Rule 68 dismissal of class action complaint alleging TCPA violations (ND Ill 2017).
  • Life360 in securing a dismissal with prejudice of a TCPA class action lawsuit (ND Cal 2016).
  • Boiron in a defense verdict in a false advertising and consumer fraud class action against leading homeopathic drug manufacturer after one week trial before a jury (CD Cal 2016).
  • Joe Theissman in dismissing a class action lawsuit against Mr. Theissman alleging false advertising of his celebrity endorsement of OTC supplement.
  • Ooma in securing the dismissal of a TCPA class action (ND Cal 2016).
  • Johnson Controls in securing the dismissal, with prejudice, of a class action alleging violations of computer and wiretapping laws (DDC 2015).
  • Whole Foods in securing the dismissal of a nationwide class action lawsuit alleging consumer fraud (SD Fla 2015).
  • Boiron on appeal nationwide class action settlement over objector's claim of collusion and overbroad release (Gallucci v. Gonzales et al, No.12-57081, 9th Cir 2015).
  • Boiron in defeating motion to certify class (CD Cal 2014).
  • Boiron in securing Rule 68 judgment against class action representative and dismissal of complaint (ND Ill 2013).
  • Boiron in precedent-setting summary judgment victory precluding ability of consumer class to seek injunctive relief, cited in more than 50 decisions (Delarosa v. Boiron, Inc., 275 F.R.D. 582, CD Cal 2011).
  • Negotiated a settlement on behalf of opt-out plaintiffs in antitrust class action (ND Ill 2010).
  • Early resolution of various class action demands, including for TCPA, UCL, CLRA, and other state and federal claims.

White Collar

  • Representing former officer of U.S. subsidiary and Mexican national in FCPA investigation (2017-present).
  • Represented a financial institution in an SEC enforcement action, which SEC declined. (2016-2017).
  • Conducted an investigation for company subject to extortion, referred matter for federal prosecution resulting in indictments (2014-16).
  • Conducted an internal investigation of cybercrime, referred matter for federal prosecution.
  • Led an internal investigation and favorably resolved FCPA matter in Mexico for a Fortune 250 company.
  • Successfully defended two members of Congress in investigations by the Office of Congressional Ethics.
  • Negotiated a resolution with the FDA resulting in no enforcement action brought against a university hospital for using non FDA-approved medical devices.
  • Represented a foreign company and its U.S. subsidiary in several international antitrust price-fixing investigations and negotiated plea agreements with DOJ.
  • Defended company against liability for insider trading by company officer.
  • Advised Allen Stanford in SEC and DOJ actions and argued at his detention hearing (US v. Stanford, EDVA (Richmond) 2009).
  • Lead trial counsel in an “infomercial fraud” case for an individual facing conspiracy, mail and wire fraud charges and won dismissal after four-week jury trial (US v. Woolf/ Gengler, 2009 US Dist. Lexis 98857, EDVA 2009).

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

Education
  • Cornell University, B.A., 1991
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1995
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
Memberships
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association of D.C.
  • Military Spouse JD Network
  • National Association of Women Judges Resource Board
  • Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association