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Lindsey R. Vaala
Lindsey R. Vaala
Counsel — Antitrust
Counsel — Antitrust

Lindsey R. Vaala

Lindsey R. Vaala
Washington

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037

Lindsey R. Vaala

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

  • (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

  • (E.D. Va.) – Represented a public aerospace company in investigation and litigation to protect secrets 

  • Conducted internal investigation for Fortune 50 company related to antitrust compliance of sales and marketing practices in Asia 

  • (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

  • (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

  • 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

  • Defended government contractor in joint inquiry by DOJ Antitrust Division and U.S. Army DCIS, resulting in no charges for client 

  • (U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk Division) — Conducted an internal investigation for an international distribution company in connection with a grand jury investigation into sales practices (lead associate)

  • (E.D. Va.) – Obtained pre-judgment  attachment of significant transportation-related asset on behalf of non-U.S. client seeking to enforce foreign judgment against foreign sovereign 

  • (C.D. Cal.) — Defended 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

  • 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

  • (D. Md.) — Represented a biotech company’s officers and directors in defense against shareholder derivative litigation

  • Defended an owner of an electronic components brokerage company in connection with charges of criminal trademark infringement and fraud regarding sales to the military

  • 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)

Credentials

  • 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
  • Law clerk to The Honorable Theresa Carroll Buchanan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, 2008–2009
  • Who’s Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.), Competition Future Leaders, 2019
  • 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
  • Legal 500 U.S., Antitrust: Cartel, 2019 and 2020; Antitrust: Merger Control, 2019
  • Co-Chair, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 2018 – Present
  • Vice Chair, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 2017-2018
  • Secretary (2015-2016 Term), Member of Board of Governors (2016-2017 Term), D.C. Bar Association, (Elected positions)
  • Board Member: Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Young Lawyers Section (2010-2014)
  • Member: American Bar Association, Antitrust, Criminal Justice, and Litigation sections
  • Co-Chair: Legal Aid D.C. Generous Associates Campaign 2012, 2013, 2014
  • 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
  • “Public Roundtable on Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement & Reform Act ACPERA,” April 11, 2019 (speaker)
  • “Antitrust Compliance: A Changing Landscape?” Antitrust Law 2019 Spring Meeting, March 27, 2019 (panelist)
  • “Building and Overseeing Effective Compliance and Corporate Governance,” January 30, 2019 (speaker)
  • “Bi-Monthly Cartel and Criminal Practice Update,” July 30, 2018 (speaker)
  • “What You Don’t Know About Competition Law Can Hurt You: An Update on Key Antitrust Issues,” V&E Houston Office, December 5, 2017 (speaker)
  • “Balancing Non-Compete and Antitrust Considerations in an Era of Increased Scrutiny,” V&E Houston Office, March 23, 2017 (speaker)
  • “Antitrust Agencies Finalize Updates to IP Licensing Guidelines,” V&E Antitrust Update E-communication, January 18, 2017 (co-author)
  • “A Dose of ‘Vitamin C’ Boosts International Comity,” The National Law Journal, November, 14, 2016 (co-author)
  • Samsung Must Face Antitrust Claim In WiLAN Patent Case,” Law360, April 2017
  • “Antitrust Defense Bar on Alert with SCOTUS Set to Consider Removal of Parens Patriae Cases under CAFA,” Antitrust News & Notes, November 2013 (co-author)
  • “Supreme Court Rules that Sixth Amendment Jury-Trial Protection Applies to Criminal Fines: Factors that Enhance a Fine Beyond the Statutory Maximum Must be Proved Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,” V&E Litigation Update E-communication, July 11, 2012 (co-author)
  • District Court’s Strong Stance on Overseas Enforcement May Have Prompted First-Ever Settlement by a Chinese Company in a U.S. Cartel Case,” Antitrust News & Notes, July 2012 (co-author)
  • “Navigating Potential Privilege Pitfalls in Conducting Internal Investigations Upjohn Warnings, ‘Corporate Miranda,’ and Beyond,”  Financial Fraud Law Report, February 2011 (co-author)
  • “Charting a Clear Course in Corporate Internal Investigations,” Proof (Journal of the Trial Evidence Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation), Winter 2011 (co-author)
  • “The War on Bribery Goes Global: Recent Developments and Enforcement Trends in the International Anti-Corruption Arena,” Bloomberg Law Reports, May 2011 (co-author)