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Lauren Randell is a white collar litigator whose international experience provides her individual and corporate clients with valuable insights into the most high-stakes civil and criminal enforcement issues. Her practice focuses on white collar matters that impact the global c-suite, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), criminal antitrust, fraud, securities enforcement defense and class action litigation, and environmental criminal defense. A Partner in the Washington, DC office of Buckley Sandler LLP, Ms. Randell has been involved in numerous precedent-setting cases against the government.

She has represented dozens of individuals under investigation by federal and state government agencies and in internal investigations, including:

  • Present: Representing Universal Entertainment Corp., a large Japanese gaming manufacturer, and its subsidiary, Aruze USA, Inc., in FCPA-related litigation brought by Wynn Resorts Ltd., as well as in related parallel matters. The case is in active discovery and involves one of the first examples of a private party alleging FCPA violations as a method to gain an upper hand in a contract dispute
     
  • 2012-14: Represented Noble Corp.’s former CEO/CFO, Mark Jackson, in the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) lawsuit against him over alleged bribery in Nigeria related to oil and gas drilling rigs. Unlike almost all SEC enforcement actions in the FCPA space, Mr. Jackson fought the SEC’s allegations against him. The case was the only contested litigation to arise out of the SEC and Department of Justice's (DOJ) broad FCPA investigation into oil and gas drillers in Nigeria, and would have been the first SEC trial on FCPA claims in 30 years. Ms. Randell and Buckley Sandler put the SEC to the test through extensive litigation in Houston federal court, including challenges to what appear to have been the SEC’s first expert witnesses ever in FCPA cases. The case ultimately settled on the eve of trial with Mr. Jackson paying no money to the SEC, accepting no bar to his future employment, and neither admitting nor denying a simple controlling person claim unrelated to bribery
     
  • 2011-12: Represented John Mushriqui in the Africa Sting/Shot Show case, the largest FCPA criminal enforcement proceeding ever brought by the DOJ against individuals. Ms. Randell second chaired the trial team for Mr. Mushriqui in a four-month trial ending in a hung jury mistrial for the defendant, which ultimately led to the dismissal of all charges against him by the DOJ

Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Ms. Randell was an Associate at Mayer Brown, where she was part of the trial team that secured an acquittal for a senior executive of W.R. Grace in one of the largest criminal environmental prosecutions ever brought by the DOJ. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Franklin S. Van Antwerpen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ms. Randell received her J.D. and B.S. from Yale University.

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  • Legal 500 2016: Recognized in the Litigation - White-Collar Criminal Defense practice area
  • Super Lawyers 2016 Rising Star: Criminal Defense: White Collar, Securities Litigation
  • Super Lawyers 2015 Rising Star: Criminal Defense: White Collar, Securities Litigation
  • Law360 2015 Rising Star: White Collar
  • Super Lawyers 2014 Rising Star: Criminal Defense (White Collar), Securities Litigation