Suneeta Hazra counsels clients on internal and government investigations, privacy and cybersecurity matters, and environmental enforcement actions.
Ms. Hazra brings a distinct perspective, having served nearly 20 years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado, most recently serving as Chief of the Criminal Division. As Criminal Chief, she supervised approximately 75 attorneys and staff and was responsible for all criminal investigations and prosecutions in the state. Under her leadership, the Criminal Division established the Cybercrime and National Security Section, whose sole focus was to investigate and prosecute cyber-enabled crimes and national security matters. Ms. Hazra also created a Digital Currency Crimes Coordinator position, one of the first—and now a leading one in the country—to address the threat of criminals using dark-net forums and cryptocurrency to commit crimes.
During her tenure at the US Attorney's Office, Ms. Hazra also served as Chief of the Economic Crimes Section, Chief of the Major Crimes Section, Computer Hacking Intellectual Property Coordinator, Environmental Crimes Coordinator, and Opioid Coordinator. In these roles, she tried more than 35 cases and led investigations and prosecutions involving investment and healthcare fraud, insider trading, environmental crimes, money laundering, commercial disputes, tax, export control violations, and other economic crimes. She was recognized for her skill in investigating and trying complex high profile cases with the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award in 2016.
In her roles, she gained specialized experience that she is able to draw upon in her counseling. For example, as the Computer Hacking Intellectual Property Coordinator, she oversaw computer crimes and trained agents and assistant US attorneys on criminal privacy issues. She trained on and ensured the Criminal Division's compliance with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and other privacy criminal considerations, including the search and seizure of electronic devices and computers, discovery, and computer forensic techniques. As the Opioid Coordinator, she led civil and criminal opioid investigations of pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors and providers, including False Claims Act, illegal kickbacks and other healthcare fraud crimes. As the Environmental Crimes Coordinator, she conducted and supervised multiple investigations and prosecutions of companies and individuals in environmental enforcement.
Before joining the US Attorney's Office in Denver, Ms. Hazra served as a trial attorney in the Division of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and was in private practice.
- Wolverine World Wide, Inc. in a putative class action lawsuit seeking property damage and medical monitoring and personal injury suits related to PFAS chemicals and drinking water in Western Michigan.
- Multinational company in counseling on wastewater discharge from one of their plants.
- Global manufacturer in internal investigation into legality of wood sourcing.
- Diesel engine manufacturer in counseling on environmental compliance.
- Led the investigation and conviction of a company and individuals involved in emissions fraud.
- Successfully tried and convicted company and Chief Executive Officer of illegal exportation of e-waste.
- Investigation and prosecution of companies for Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act violations.
- Prosecuted individuals who illegally trafficked wildlife in violation of the Lacey Act.
- JD, University of Virginia School of Law
- BA, Yale University, with distinction
- United States Attorney's Office in Colorado, Chief of the Criminal Division
- United States Attorney's Office in Colorado, Chief of the Economic Crimes Section
- United States Attorney's Office in Colorado, Chief of the Major Crimes Section
- US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, The Honorable Robert R. Merhige, Jr.
- Co-Leader, Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Denver Chapter
- South Asian Bar Association of Colorado: Chair, Judicial Nominations Committee
- Former Chair, Committee on Conduct; US District Court for the District of Colorado
- Partner, Diversity on the Bench Coalition
- Member, Law360 White Collar Editorial Advisory Board (2021)