Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Mr. Richard A. Sauber was sworn in as the General Counsel May 3, 2021. As the Chief Legal Officer of the Department and Legal Advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he oversees and coordinates the work of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Central Office Law Groups, OGC’s District Chief Counsel Offices, and OGC’s National Practice Groups, which provide legal services in areas encompassing all of VA’s Veterans’ programs, personnel, torts, and general law subject matters.
Immediately prior to joining VA, Mr. Sauber served as a Partner at the Robbins, Russell law firm in Washington, DC specializing in representing companies and individuals in connection with Government investigations and enforcement actions of all types. Mr. Sauber has tried criminal and civil fraud cases and regularly appeared for clients in Congressional hearings, Government Agency proceedings, and grand jury matters. His practice was also devoted to the conduct of corporate internal investigations.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Sauber was a federal prosecutor for 7 years and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to form and lead the first multi-agency task force to concentrate on pursuing fraud in government contracts. He also served as a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson where he was the Chair of the firm’s Washington Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School where he has taught a National Security Crimes seminar and an evidence class. He has tried jury cases in New York, Washington, D.C., California, Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma, and his appellate work includes arguing cases before the Supreme Court and nearly all of the U.S. Courts of Appeals.
Mr. Sauber’s education includes a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law; and a Master of Letters from Oxford University, Bachelor of Arts from Yale University (magna cum laude). He is admitted to practice before the State of Rhode Island, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.