Evelyn B. Sheehan focuses her practice on advising institutional clients and their executives in cross-border investigations, government enforcement actions and related asset forfeiture matters. In addition, she also counsels clients in global asset tracing investigations and recovery efforts, in which she leads offensive asset forfeiture actions in aid of civil claim monetization.
Before joining Kobre & Kim, Ms. Sheehan served as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Division for that office, where she was responsible for overseeing complex cross-border investigations related to international corruption, foreign bribery, white-collar fraud, narcotics trafficking, organized crime and violations of anti-money laundering laws.
During her tenure at the Department of Justice, Ms. Sheehan worked for over six years to litigate the complex forfeiture matters related to the infamous $1.4 billion fraud scheme led by Scott Rothstein. The prosecution and forfeiture resulted in the successful conviction and imprisonment of 29 total defendants, and concluded in the full restitution of the hundreds of victims involved. As a result of her work in this case, Ms. Sheehan was awarded the 2016 U.S. Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award and was a semi-finalist for the 2010 Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyers Award for Criminal Justice Category.
Ms. Sheehan was also a member of the Regional Committee of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). As a result of her work on two high-profile international money laundering investigations, she earned two National OCDETF Awards. She has also lectured extensively on the application of asset forfeiture and money laundering laws for the U.S. Department of Justice and a number of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Before her time as a prosecutor, Ms. Sheehan practiced with White & Case LLP, where she focused on complex commercial litigation, and with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she focused on private equity fund formation and bankruptcy work.