Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2004
  • B.A., George Washington University, 1998
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Gerald S. (Gerry) Sachs

Partner

Gerry Sachs is a partner in Venable's Government Division who previously worked at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Department of Justice. He leverages his government investigation, regulatory, and trial experience to assist companies and individuals strategically manage a wide array of legal issues. Gerry works with various types of businesses from large depository institutions to payments, prepaid, Blockchain, direct marketing, and fintech companies.

As an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission and Senior Counsel for Enforcement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Gerry has an in-depth knowledge of consumer financial protection regulations, the supervisory examination process, and enforcement tactics. He understands the intricacies of UDAP / UDAAP, as well as regulations ranging from Regulation B and E to X and Z. He has successfully assisted a number of clients manage supervisory examinations and enforcement investigations to reach either a settlement or closure.

During his service as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Gerry gained grand jury, mediation, and trial experience from prosecuting both civil and criminal cases ranging from the False Claims Act to money laundering and forfeiture, economic crimes, drug trafficking, and computer intrusion. For example, he prosecuted a significant hack into a payroll card provider's systems in which millions of dollars were stolen and assisted with prosecutions of investment frauds, bank failures, and money laundering. He also served as a member of the Hurricane Katrina Task Force and assisted with the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial, Development, Assistance, and Training conduct its Merida high-profile initiative to train Mexican federal prosecutors, agents, and expert witnesses. Gerry uses this experience to assist clients respond to and defendant against investigations conducted through the use of grand jury and other formal process.

Prior to his government service, Gerry worked in private practice in Washington, D.C. Gerry is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Honduras 1998-2000).

Significant Matters

  • CFPB v. UniRush LLC d/b/a RushCard, represented a major prepaid card company in relation to a platform conversion issue and investigation.
  • U.S. v. TÅ¡urikov, Pleshchuk, Horohorin et al., assisted with the indictment, superseding indictments, and extradition of defendants related to an international hacking case of a payroll card company.