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.

Throughout her tenure at the US Attorney's Office, Ms. Hazra has tried more than 35 cases and held several other senior positions, including Chief of the Economic Crimes Section and Chief of the Major Crimes Section. She has 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.

Ms. Hazra served as the Computer Hacking Intellectual Property Coordinator, where 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.

Ms. Hazra also worked as the office's Opioid Coordinator, a role where she led civil and criminal opioid investigations of pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors and providers, including False Claims Act, illegal kickbacks and other healthcare fraud crimes

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.

Experience

  • 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.

Perspectives

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Recognition

Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award (2016)
USAO Award for Excellence (2013)
EPA Medal for Commendable Service (2013)
Received for successful prosecution of an environmental case of first impression

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law
  • BA, Yale University, with distinction
Admissions
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
Government & Military Service
  • 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
Clerkships
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, The Honorable Robert R. Merhige, Jr.
Activities
  • 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
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