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June 12, 2023

Suneeta Hazra: From Prosecution to Defense, a Journey Across the Legal Spectrum

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Arnold & Porter’s Suneeta Hazra, a former Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado, was recently featured on the Athena Rising podcast. Hazra, an acclaimed legal practitioner, shed light on her extraordinary journey in the legal sphere, highlighting a remarkable case from her tenure at the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Hazra has a rich and varied background in law, from trying high-profile cases as a government attorney to now counseling clients on a range of issues including government investigations, cybersecurity matters, heath care fraud, and environmental enforcement actions. In this podcast, Hazra offered insights into the unique nature of her work, her transition from prosecution to defense, and her views on the evolving legal landscape.

Key Takeaways:

Hazra's Role at Arnold & Porter: Today, Hazra works on diverse cases, navigating inquiries from the government, internal investigations, compliance work, and civil litigation. Her work spans across industries but has a significant focus on life sciences, including healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies.

Impact of Technology on Law Practice: Hazra noted the impact of technology, particularly Zoom, in expanding her practice and networking. She emphasized, however, the irreplaceable value of in-person communication, especially when representing individuals going through daunting legal processes.

Transition from Prosecutor to Defense Attorney: Having spent a significant part of her career in government service, Hazra discussed her transition to the private sector. The most challenging part was adjusting to the shift in power dynamics and the business development aspects of the private practice.

Experience as a Minority Woman in Law: As the first female and first minority chief of the criminal division at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado, Hazra faced challenges related to her role. She emphasized the importance of relationship building in navigating these difficulties and fostering a supportive work environment.

Notable Case - The Harold Henthorne Prosecution: One of the most notable cases Hazra discussed was the prosecution of Harold Henthorne, who was convicted for murdering his wife for a multi-million dollar life insurance policy. This case served as a testament to Hazra's skill and dedication as a prosecutor.

Hazra emphasized the importance of staying true to oneself and being authentic, especially in challenging professional settings like the courtroom. She also highlighted managing emotions during intense trials, and maintaining personal well-being through hobbies and leisure activities.

Suneeta Hazra's journey offers a unique perspective on the legal profession and the opportunities and challenges it presents. From prosecuting high-stakes cases to now counseling clients in complex white collar investigations, her work spans a broad spectrum of the legal field. Her story serves as an inspiration to legal practitioners and offers valuable insights into the evolution of the legal profession in today's rapidly-changing world.

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© Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP 2023 All Rights Reserved. This blog post is intended to be a general summary of the law and does not constitute legal advice. You should consult with counsel to determine applicable legal requirements in a specific fact situation.