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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

Lindsey represents companies and individuals in a variety of investigations, litigation and counseling matters, in the U.S. and abroad, with an emphasis on antitrust-related issues. A primary focus of her practice is defending clients in multijurisdictional cartel and price-fixing investigations and related civil and class action litigation.

Her experience also includes class action defense, trade secret disputes and other civil litigation matters, and defending clients in government investigations, grand jury subpoenas, and other proceedings across a variety of issues. She also counsels clients with respect to antitrust compliance issues across a diversity of industries, including government contracting, consumer goods, and technology, among others.

Lindsey currently co-chairs the ABA Antitrust Section’s Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee and, through this work, has been invited to speak on antitrust-issues in several forums.

Her pro bono docket includes a lead role in several litigation matters, including a contested child custody dispute in D.C. Superior Court, co-chairing a jury trial in a disability discrimination case brought in federal court in the District of Columbia, and leading an evidentiary hearing related to a Section 2255 petition in the Eastern District of Virginia. Lindsey also is integrally involved in the D.C. office’s community outreach efforts and strategic partnerships.

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)