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Lauren Briggerman focuses her practice on white collar defense in criminal and civil matters. She represents corporations and executives in government investigations and criminal litigation, including in the areas of criminal antitrust, bribery and corruption (FCPA), money laundering, financial services/bank fraud, and government contracts fraud, among others.

In particular, she has developed expertise in global cartel investigations and serves as co-lead of the firm's Criminal Antitrust Investigations Practice. Recognized by Legal 500 as "highly talented, experienced, and committed" litigator who "brings a lot of experience to the table," she has a successful track record in defending companies and executives in some of the most notable international and complex cartel investigations in recent years, including those involving the auto parts, air cargo, freight forwarding, pharmaceutical, and poultry production industries. She also has experience in DOJ's recent criminal "no-poach" investigations into alleged collusion in the labor market. 

Ms. Briggerman writes and speaks frequently on cartel and other white collar issues. She is the co-executive editor of the firm's Executives at Risk newsletter, a quarterly publication that reports on the most noteworthy cases and investigations implicating corporate executives. She is also a founding member of the Women's Antitrust Forum, a Washington, DC-based organization that brings together women antitrust practitioners for professional development purposes. In addition, she is an active member of the Women's White Collar Defense Association and American Bar Association's Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Compliance & Ethics Committee in the ABA's Antitrust Law Section.

She previously clerked for the Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

 

Representative Engagements
  • Defending a poultry producer from indictment in DOJ's investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the broiler chicken industry, which is DOJ's largest, current cartel investigation and has resulted in charges against two other companies and at least 10 executives. 
  • Representing a foreign executive who was indicted for allegedly participating in a scheme to rig bids and fix prices for fuel supply contracts with the U.S. military.
  • Representing a former executive of a defense contractor staffing company in DOJ's investigation into alleged labor market collusion.
  • Representing numerous pharmaceutical executives in the DOJ's investigation into price-fixing in the generic drug industry and the follow-on multi-district civil litigation.
  • 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 the jurisdictions to drop their investigations into the company. 
  • Defended one of the top 200 largest construction companies in the United States 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.
  • Represented the audit committee of a multi-national food processing company in connection with government allegations into improper interactions with government officials in Latin America and EMEA.
  • Represented a manufacturing company in an FCPA-related internal and government investigation, which resulted in DOJ's decision not to prosecute 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. Represented more than a dozen executives of a U.S. bank in interviews by the DOJ, SEC, and OCC in a major bank fraud investigation.
  • Successfully defended from prosecution the CEO of a public company that manufactures construction materials in a price-fixing investigation by the DOJ's Antitrust Division.
  • Represented a financial technology company in money laundering allegations in the U.K., which involved overseeing a broad-based team of local counsel, private investigators, and public relations experts in order to investigate the allegations and ultimately secure return of our client's funds.
  • Successfully defended from prosecution the former CEO of a publicly-traded, multinational company in a DOJ/SEC investigation into allegations that company employees in China bribed Chinese public officials. 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.
  • Defended two former executives of a U.S. bank in a five-week federal jury trial involving the bank's failure.
Government Experience
  • 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
  • Who's Who Legal: Investigations - Future Leaders: Partners, 2019 - 2020, 2022
  • Legal 500: Antitrust: Cartel, 2017 - 2022
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers®: Rising Star, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2018 - 2019
  • DC Bar Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015, 2017 - 2018, 2020
  • DC Bar Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, 2016
  • Client Service Excellence Award, Paul Hastings LLP, 2013
  • George Washington University Law School Community Legal Clinics Volunteer Service Award, 2008
Affiliations
  • Vice Chair, Compliance and Ethics Committee, Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Vice President and Founding Member, Women's Antitrust Forum
  • Member, American Bar Association Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee
  • Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Development Committee, Women's White Collar Defense Association
Admissions
State Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
Clerkships
  • Clerk, The Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler, United States Court of Federal Claims
News and Events
Publications
Internal Publication

Executives at Risk: Fall 2022

Internal Publication

Executives at Risk: Summer 2021

Internal Publication

Executives at Risk: Winter 2020/2021