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Crystal Y'Barbo Stapley
Crystal Y'Barbo Stapley
Senior Associate — Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense
Senior Associate — Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense

Crystal Y'Barbo Stapley

Crystal Y'Barbo Stapley
Washington

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037

Crystal Y'Barbo Stapley

Experience Highlights

  • (S.D. Tex.); (Fifth Circuit) — Defended a global supplier of telecommunications products in qui tam action regarding its provision of services to schools and libraries under the federal E-Rate program; although the district court denied a motion to dismiss, the Fifth Circuit reversed and held on an issue of first impression that funds from the E-Rate program are not “provided by” the United States for purposes of the False Claims Act

  • (2d Cir.) — Successfully represented an international defense contracting corporation and a consulting firm in proceedings to enforce a $38 million international arbitration award

  • (D. MD) — Represented a products manufacturer in litigation arising under the Lanham Act and involving a certification trademark dispute

  • (E.D. Tex.) — Defending a government contractor in False Claims Act qui tam actions, and in civil and criminal investigations of its procurement activities and operations in the Middle East

  • Assisted a company engaged in transporting, storing, and marketing petroleum products in responding to a civil investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, and as a third party resisting significant discovery in litigation brought by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission

  • Conducted internal investigations of companies with non-U.S. operations regarding potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and counseling companies regarding compliance with the FCPA and potential disclosure to U.S. enforcement authorities

  • (S.D. Tex.); (Fifth Circuit) — Defended a global supplier of telecommunications products in qui tam action regarding its provision of services to schools and libraries under the federal E-Rate program; although the district court denied a motion to dismiss, the Fifth Circuit reversed and held on an issue of first impression that funds from the E-Rate program are not “provided by” the United States for purposes of the False Claims Act

  • (D. MD) — Represented a products manufacturer in litigation arising under the Lanham Act and involving a certification trademark dispute

  • (E.D. Tex.) — Defending a government contractor in False Claims Act qui tam actions, and in civil and criminal investigations of its procurement activities and operations in the Middle East

  • (S.D. Tex.); (Fifth Circuit) — Defended a global supplier of telecommunications products in qui tam action regarding its provision of services to schools and libraries under the federal E-Rate program; although the district court denied a motion to dismiss, the Fifth Circuit reversed and held on an issue of first impression that funds from the E-Rate program are not “provided by” the United States for purposes of the False Claims Act

  • Assisted a company engaged in transporting, storing, and marketing petroleum products in responding to a civil investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, and as a third party resisting significant discovery in litigation brought by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission

  • (2d Cir.) — Successfully represented an international defense contracting corporation and a consulting firm in proceedings to enforce a $38 million international arbitration award

Credentials

  • Baylor Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 2009 (Senior Executive Editor, Baylor LawReview)
  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A., Finance magna cum laude and Business Honors Distinction, 2006
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Reed O’Connor, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, 2009–2010
  • Selected to the Washington DC Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2014–2020
  • Texas
  • Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • “Fifth Circuit Limits False Certification Cases,” V&E False Claims Act Update E-communication, November 10, 2010 (co-author)