Sara Silva

Sara Silva


Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 617 371 1461

Fax +1 617 371 1037

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Recipient of numerous professional excellence awards, including recent recognition as a 2020 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year, Sara Silva is a Boston-based trial lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience representing global companies and executives in internal investigations, federal investigations and prosecutions, and complex civil and commercial litigation.

Sara has built a reputation for defending clients facing high-profile criminal charges, including public officials, pharmaceutical executives, and foreign nationals. She has conducted internal investigations and defended corporate clients and individuals against allegations of public corruption, export violations, unlawful kickbacks, fraud, false statements, overbilling, false and fraudulent product promotion, manufacturing and design defects, and wrongful death. Sara is a nimble practitioner, with clients operating in a wide variety of industries, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, overseas imports, commercial fishing, and life sciences.

Awards and recognitions


Lawyers of the Year
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly


Top Attorneys in New England
Boston Magazine


Criminal Defense: White Collar
Massachusetts Super Lawyers


Top Attorneys in Massachusetts
Boston Magazine


Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts
Boston Magazine


Top Women of Law
Mass Lawyers Weekly


Boston Pro Bono Team of the Year

Education and admissions


J.D., Boston University School of Law, cum laude, 1999

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1996


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Boston Bar Association

Boston Bar Foundation, Society of Fellows

American Bar Foundation

U.S. Sentencing Commission's Practitioners Advisory Group (2014-2021)

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Representative experience

Secured acquittal of Boston official in high-profile federal public corruption trial.

Represent pharmaceutical manufacturer in more than 300 lawsuits across the country concerning alleged false and fraudulent marketing practices.

Represent marine biologist accused of violating export regulations in connection with imports of scientific instruments to the People's Republic of China.

Represented medical device manufacturer in product liability cases including multidistrict litigation involving over 11,000 individual suits and two bellwether trials regarding alleged design defects.

Secured acquittal of pharmaceutical executive charged with conspiracy to violate anti-kickback and prescription drug marketing laws.*

Represented life sciences company in a multimillion-dollar contract dispute; matter settled two days before trial under terms highly favorable to the client.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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