Brian L. Howard II
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037
Brian’s practice focuses on conducting internal investigations and defending clients in investigations brought by U.S. and international regulators and in related litigation.
Brian leverages his prior 10 years of progressive law enforcement experience as he routinely conducts complex, high-stakes investigations and defends corporate and individual clients in matters related to compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities and antitrust laws, procurement fraud, and other criminal laws and regulations. He regularly represents clients before various United States’ Attorneys Offices, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other regulatory bodies.
Brian’s practice also involves extensive risk mitigation and compliance counseling, including conducting risk assessments, developing and implementing risk management and compliance programs, training relevant stakeholders, and testing pre-existing programs for effectiveness. Brian advises clients on compliance risks associated with investments, acquisitions, and financings.
Brian is also the only associate member of the firm’s Electronic Discovery Task Force, focused on advising legal teams on the use of artificial intelligence and data analytics to efficiently and economically process large volumes of electronic data during the course of investigations or litigation.
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D. cum laude, 2013 (Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review)
- American Military University, M.A., Criminal Justice, 2009
- American Military University, B.A., Criminal Justice with honors, 2006
- Member: American Bar Association; Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Virginia Bar Association
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Caution: Incomplete Government Guidance and Forms Pose Risks for Businesses Applying for Stimulus AidCoronavirus: Preparation & ResponseApril 2, 2020
- European Union Expands Anti-Money Laundering Requirements and Increases Beneficial Ownership TransparencyThe V&E ReportJanuary 16, 2020
- U.K.’s SFO Recognizes Expectation that Compliance Functions Will be Insulated from Routine Cost Cutting PressuresThe V&E ReportOctober 30, 2019
- Do Bitcoin ATMs Make Money Laundering too Easy? Regulators Try to Keep up with Emerging Cryptocurrency TrendThe V&E ReportJuly 24, 2019
- Walmart Doesn’t “Save Money,” But It May “Live Better” After DOJ Agrees to Significant Concessions to Narrow Scope of its Corporate MonitorshipThe V&E ReportJune 21, 2019
- The V&E ReportMay 30, 2019
- The V&E ReportApril 3, 2019
- The V&E ReportMarch 7, 2019
- Managing the Modern WorkplaceJune 9, 2017
- Managing the Modern WorkplaceNovember 8, 2016
- Managing the Modern WorkplaceNovember 3, 2016
- “Responding to the Inevitable: Common Mistakes in Cyberattack Planning and Responses,” V&E Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Insights E-communication, June 14, 2017 (co-author)
- “The UK’s Serious Fraud Office Successfully Chips Away Privilege Protections in the Investigations Context,” V&E FCPA & Global Anti-Corruption Update E-communication, May 24, 2017 (co-author)