Lauren Briggerman focuses her practice on criminal and civil matters, including government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, global antitrust and competition and complex commercial litigation. In particular, she has developed expertise in global cartel investigations. She has a successful track record in defending several companies and numerous executives in some of the most notable international cartel investigations in recent years, including those involving the auto parts, air cargo, freight forwarding and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, she has experience in complex civil litigation. She served on the trial team defending two former executives of IndyMac Bank who were sued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for their alleged involvement in making negligent loans to homebuilders.
She also has experience litigating government contract disputes and has successfully challenged suspension and debarment decisions. She previously clerked for the United States Court of Federal Claims, the primary court with jurisdiction over bid protests and government contract cases.
- Defended one of the top 200 largest construction companies in the country in a joint investigation by DOJ’s Antitrust Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in DC for alleged anti-competitive fraud in performing small business set-aside contracts with the government. Our team ultimately secured a highly favorable plea agreement in which the company was required to pay a corporate fine far below that in similar cases.
- Defended a public company against allegations of price-fixing in the freight forwarding industry in at least eight countries, including the U.S. As a result of these efforts, our team has convinced all but one of these jurisdictions to drop their investigations into the company.
- Defended numerous corporate executives against prosecution in the DOJ's investigation into alleged cartel conduct in the auto parts industry, the Department's largest antitrust investigation in history. As a result, none of them has been prosecuted by the DOJ.
- Obtained an extremely favorable sentence for an Afghan construction company and a senior executive in criminal cases in U.S. District Courts in Chicago and Honolulu involving alleged bribery of U.S. military officials located in Kabul, Afghanistan.
- Obtained a rare nolo contendere ("no contest") plea for a U.S.-based cargo airline in a criminal case in U.S. District Court in Miami involving alleged antitrust violations in the air cargo industry. As a result, the company did not have to plead guilty to a federal crime.
- Legal Intern, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, 2006
- Legislative Assistant, Congressman Marty Meehan, United States House of Representatives, 2003 - 2005
- Legislative Correspondent, Senator Paul Sarbanes, United States Senate, 2001 - 2003
Rankings and Recognition
- Client Service Excellence Award, Paul Hastings LLP, 2013
- George Washington University Law School Community Legal Clinics Volunteer Service Award, 2008
Professional and Community Involvement
- Member, American Bar Association Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee
- Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
- Member, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
- District of Columbia
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- Clerk, The Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler, United States Court of Federal Claims
- J.D., The George Washington University Law School, with honors, 2008
- B.A., Northwestern University, 2001