Sara L. Shudofsky was appointed Chief of the Civil Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in June 2012. Ms. Shudofsky returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office from Spears & Imes, where she had been a partner specializing in complex commercial litigation and civil government investigations since 2009, having joined the firm in 2007. From 1991 to 2007, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District’s Civil Division, receiving two Director’s Awards for Superior Performance, the Henry L. Stimson Medal from the New York City Bar Association, and the Public Service Award from the New York County Lawyers’ Association for her work. During her tenure, Ms. Shudofsky served as the Chief Appellate Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Civil Division, and Chief of the Office’s Civil Rights Unit. Ms. Shudofsky graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and from New York University School of Law in 1986. Upon graduation, she was a litigation associate at Kaye Scholer.