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Lindsey R. Vaala

Lindsey R. Vaala Counsel, Antitrust

Lindsey is a counsel in the complex commercial litigation practice group. Her principal areas of practice include white collar criminal defense and civil litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust matters.

Lindsey also represents companies and individuals in a variety of government and congressional investigations. Her area of practice includes class actions and other civil litigation matters, and defending clients in government investigations, grand jury subpoenas, and other proceedings. She also has handled several pro bono litigation matters, including a contested child custody dispute in D.C. Superior Court, and co-chaired a jury trial in a disability discrimination case brought in federal court in the District of Columbia. Lindsey also is integrally involved in the D.C. office’s community outreach and partnership efforts.

Experience Highlights

  • (E.D. Mich.) — Defending a leading automobile parts supplier and its affiliates in class action multi-district litigation pending in the Eastern District of Michigan (lead associate)
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Defending a foreign supplier and its U.S.-based affiliate in class action multi-district litigation related to allegations of price-fixing in the lithium ion batteries industry (lead associate)
  • Represented a leading automobile parts supplier and its affiliates in a series of criminal grand jury investigations and civil litigation involving semiconductors and consumer products
  • (C.D. Cal.) — Defending a large Kuwait-based logistics company in false claims qui tam action alleging fraudulent billing in connection with contracts with the U.S. military for logistics services
  • Assisted in the representation of a former senior banking executive in connection with an investigation and hearings by a Senate investigations subcommittee into the 2008 U.S. financial crisis and role of high-risk home loans (lead associate)

Antitrust Investigations & Litigation

  • (E.D. Mich.) — Defending a leading automobile parts supplier and its affiliates in class action multi-district litigation pending in the Eastern District of Michigan (lead associate)
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Defending a foreign supplier and its U.S.-based affiliate in class action multi-district litigation related to allegations of price-fixing in the lithium ion batteries industry (lead associate)
  • Represented a leading automobile parts supplier and its affiliates in a series of criminal grand jury investigations and civil litigation involving semiconductors and consumer products
  • Assisted in the successful defense of a U.S. affiliate of a foreign corporation in a criminal antitrust investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division involving the secondary battery market

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense

  • (D. Md.) — Representing a biotech company’s officers and directors in defense against shareholder derivative litigation
  • (U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk Division) — Conducting an internal investigation for an international distribution company in connection with a grand jury investigation into sales practices (lead associate)
  • Represented a large Kuwait-based logistics services company in defense of a criminal indictment (N.D. Ga.) involving the company’s prime vendor contracts to provide food for the U.S. Army in Iraq
  • Defended an owner of an electronic components brokerage company in connection with charges of criminal trademark infringement and fraud regarding sales to the military

Congressional Investigations

  • Assisted in the representation of a defense and infrastructure company in connection with subpoena from the Congressional Ethics Committee
  • Assisted in the representation of a former senior banking executive in connection with an investigation and hearings by a Senate investigations subcommittee into the 2008 U.S. financial crisis and role of high-risk home loans (lead associate)

Contact Details

Washington

T +1.202.639.6523
F +1.202.879.8853
lvaala@velaw.com
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037-1701
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Lindsey's Practices

  • College of William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 2008 (Notes Editor, William and Mary Law Review)
  • New York University, M.A., 2003
  • Davidson College, B.A., 2002
  • Admitted to practice: Virginia; District of Columbia U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Other Language: Spanish, conversational
    • Law clerk to The Honorable Theresa Carroll Buchanan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, 2008–2009
      • Selected to the Washington, D.C. Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2015–2017
      • Selected for D.C. Bar John Payton Leadership Academy, Class of 2014
      • Vinson & Elkins Pro Bono Award Recipient, Family Law, 2012
      • Vinson & Elkins Pro Bono Law Award Recipient, Disability Rights, 2013
      • Officer: Secretary, Board of Governors, D.C. Bar Association, 2015-2016 Term
      • Officer: Vice Chairman of the Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee, America Bar Association's Antitrust Section, 2017-2018 Term
      • Board Member: Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Young Lawyers Section
      • Member: Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter
      • Member: American Bar Association, Antitrust, Criminal Justice, and Litigation sections
      • Co-Chair: Legal Aid D.C. Generous Associates Campaign 2012, 2013, 2014