Bingham

Bingham

Brianna L. Abrams

Counsel

Brianna Abrams concentrates her practice in the area of complex litigation and government enforcement initiatives. She represents clients engaged in complex matters involving both federal and state litigation, corporate investigations, and white collar criminal matters. Brianna has successfully defended a number of government investigations related to government contract fraud, tax evasion, accounting improprieties, false claims, election fraud, anti-money laundering transactions and antitrust violations. She represents individuals and organizations involved in state and federal criminal investigations; internal investigations; and related grand jury and pre-trial proceedings, trials and appeals. Brianna has successfully argued and written briefs before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining Bingham, Brianna worked for White & Case in Washington, D.C., where she represented clients in complex, multiparty civil actions in state and federal court relating to unfair competition investigations brought by U.S. and international regulatory agencies. During law school, Brianna worked as a law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, in the Division of Marketing Practices.

Brianna has represented pro bono clients in various matters regarding asylum law and international human rights law. She is also active in Bingham’s Southern California Women’s Mentoring program and Santa Monica Community Service Committee.

Experience

  • Represented an estate in a False Claims Act action brought by the United States seeking more than $500 million in damages
  • Represented the Fiesta Bowl and its related nonprofit foundations in federal, state and local investigations into alleged violations of tax and election laws
  • Represent numerous individuals in investigations of offshore bank accounts and related financial transactions
  • Represented a large oil and natural gas exploration and production company in pre-trial litigation dealing with fraud, breach of fiduciary duty arising out of corporate reorganization and environmental tort liabilities
  • Secured $1 million arbitration award for breach of contract counterclaim and successfully defended against all claims brought by claimant
  • Represented Stolt-Nielsen SA in antitrust class actions in federal and state courts, including before the Multidistrict Litigation Panel (MDL)
  • Obtained dismissal of a shipping competitor’s predatory pricing case in In re Parcel Tanker Shipping Servs. Antitrust Litig., 541 F. Supp 2d 487 (D. Conn. 2008), one of the first cases to dismiss predatory pricing claims under the U.S. Supreme Court’s then-recent Tombly and Weyerhaeuser precedents
  • Represented manufacturer of SRAM in In re Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) Antitrust Litigation
  • Provided preliminary antitrust advice related to potential merger with major competitor in food service distribution industry
  • Provided Hart-Scott Rodino antitrust pre-merger notification advice to international product tanker company assessing a potential acquisition of competitor

Publications

  • Contributing Author, “Chapter 2: Horizontal Conspiracies,” California Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law, 4th ed.
  • Contributor, “California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law,” California State Bar, 4d, Chapter 2 Horizontal Conspiracies (December 2009)
  • “DOJ’s “New” Agenda and “Big” Defeat — Or Is The Real Story More Nuanced?,” The Price Point Newsletter, ABA Section of Antitrust Law (July - August 2009)
  • “Free Trade Agreements and Labor Considerations After NAALC: How the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Created a Faulty Template,” International Business Law Review, Vol. 4 (2004)

Memberships

  • Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Bar Association Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • 2010 ADL Glass Leadership Institute Participant

Awards & Honors

  • Note and Comment Editor, American University International Law Review (2004–2005)
  • Former Judicial Extern, Hon. Terry J. Hatter, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • The White & Case 2007 Pro Bono Award

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