Lauren J. Resnick

Partner

New York
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"Lauren Resnick does great work and gets excellent results ... [she is] tough when necessary, and able to bring a wealth of past experience from her time at the DOJ."

— Chambers USA 2019

Overview

A member of the White Collar and Corporate Investigations team, Lauren Resnick focuses her practice on internal investigations, white collar criminal defense and regulatory compliance matters. A former assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section chief, and two-time recipient of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Director's Award for Superior Performance, she is regularly retained by executive management and audit committees of Fortune 500 corporations to conduct internal investigations on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering (AML), fraud, antitrust, international trade and sanctions compliance, and other regulatory compliance issues. 

Lauren regularly conducts compliance risk assessments and counsels companies how to implement infrastructure, policies and procedures to mitigate these enterprise risks. In advising and defending companies on these matters, Lauren leverages her experience directing numerous monitorships in connection with BakerHostetler's appointment by the Department of Justice and other governmental agencies to assess compliance at banking institutions, labor unions, corporations and municipalities, as well as her extensive trial experience.

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A member of the BakerHostetler team serving as counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of the largest Ponzi scheme in history, Lauren supervised the extensive financial reconstruction of the decades-long operations of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC for the ongoing liquidation and litigation proceedings.

In addition to her active practice, Lauren serves as the firmwide client relationship partner and a member of the firm’s policy committee. She is also the firm's compliance practice team lead and the administrative partner for the New York office.

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Regulatory Compliance
  • Prepared code of business ethics and key risk compliance policies covering anti-corruption, insider trading, anti-money laundering, data privacy, government contracts, and whistleblower procedures for domestic and international financial institutions, technology companies and global manufacturing firms.
Internal Investigations
  • Conducted a comprehensive investigation for an audit committee and executive management of an international financial services company regarding compliance with OFAC trade sanctions in Iran, Syria, Libya and Cuba. Analyzed AML procedures, books and records to advise the client on disclosure obligations.
White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Conducted an extensive two-year investigation of fraud and environmental allegations at a global manufacturing company’s railcar facilities, resulting in the successful negotiation of a favorable resolution with DOJ involving a limited environmental misdemeanor plea by an inactive subsidiary.
Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Supervised the extensive financial reconstruction and global investigation and litigation of hundreds of actions seeking recovery of fraudulent transfers for equitable distribution to the defrauded customers of the decades-long operations of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Directed a team and oversaw the SIPA Trustee's forensic accounting consultants in identifying and analyzing the systems and procedures utilized by Madoff to report fictitious trading.
Monitorships
  • Supervised a team enforcing a consent decree requiring the eradication of organized crime influence at an operating engineers union, providing oversight to ensure fair job referral and election procedures in connection with the firm's appointment as the ethical practices attorney for Local 14, 14B.
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Experience

Regulatory Compliance
  • Prepared code of business ethics and key risk compliance policies covering anti-corruption, insider trading, anti-money laundering, data privacy, government contracts, and whistleblower procedures for domestic and international financial institutions, technology companies and global manufacturing firms.
  • Conducted compliance risk assessment and management training regarding antitrust, export controls, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering for a Germany-based manufacturing company with operations in the United States.
  • Developed anti-corruption internal assessment protocols and plans for a global energy company to assess compliance in high-risk jurisdictions.
  • Assessed and optimized a major bank’s global compliance on data privacy, government contracts, FCPA and other regulatory compliance matters in connection with the firm’s appointment as monitor of a non-prosecution agreement between the DOJ and Mellon Bank, N.A.
  • Advised a global credit card brand on export control gap analysis and inventory in preparation for its establishment and implementation of a comprehensive export control compliance program.
  • Appointed by the DOJ to serve as independent examiner of the Bank of New York to monitor the bank’s procedures regarding suspicious activity, reporting practices and anti-money laundering, as well as its compliance with related laws and regulations, reporting directly to the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the New York State Banking Department.
Internal Investigations
  • Conducted a comprehensive investigation for an audit committee and executive management of an international financial services company regarding compliance with OFAC trade sanctions in Iran, Syria, Libya and Cuba. Analyzed AML procedures, books and records to advise the client on disclosure obligations.
  • Advised a defense contractor in an FCPA-related internal investigation of a Russian reseller involved in the distribution of products to government affiliated end users in Russia. Offered best practices to strengthen the company’s compliance system, integration of acquired businesses into the corporate compliance structure, and addressed current issues and potential problems to address going forward.
  • Represented an international hedge fund accountant in a Securities and Exchange Commission and U.K. Financial Services Authority investigation of accounting and securities practices.
White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Conducted an extensive two-year investigation of fraud and environmental allegations at a global manufacturing company’s railcar facilities, resulting in the successful negotiation of a favorable resolution with DOJ involving a limited environmental misdemeanor plea by an inactive subsidiary.
  • Represented major pharmaceutical generics manufacturer in a U.S. Department of Justice Criminal antitrust investigation and parallel internal investigation.
  • Primary author of a motion to dismiss based on prosecutorial misconduct that secured the unprecedented dismissal of a 73-count state fraud and money laundering indictment against the former CEO of a half-billion-dollar commercial real estate conglomerate.
  • Represented a client in criminal prosecution for wire fraud and money laundering in connection with $30 million of escrowed funds. Obtained a favorable disposition following the successful litigation of key evidentiary issues for trial.
  • Represented a senior sales executive in connection with a multijurisdictional criminal antitrust investigation of auto parts manufacturers by the DOJ and the European Commission, analyzing criminal and civil exposures.
Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Supervised the extensive financial reconstruction and global investigation and litigation of hundreds of actions seeking recovery of fraudulent transfers for equitable distribution to the defrauded customers of the decades-long operations of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Directed a team and oversaw the SIPA Trustee's forensic accounting consultants in identifying and analyzing the systems and procedures utilized by Madoff to report fictitious trading.
  • Represented a senior government official in Iqbal v. Ashcroft involving constitutional and statutory challenges to the detention policies following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, resulting in a favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the pleading standards required to bring actions in federal court.
Monitorships
  • Supervised a team enforcing a consent decree requiring the eradication of organized crime influence at an operating engineers union, providing oversight to ensure fair job referral and election procedures in connection with the firm's appointment as the ethical practices attorney for Local 14, 14B.
  • Managed a team assessing a bank's global compliance on data privacy, government contracts, FCPA and other regulatory compliance matters in connection with the firm's appointment as the monitor of a non-prosecution agreement between the DOJ and Mellon Bank N.A.
  • Supervised lawyers and forensic specialists reporting directly to the government and banking regulators on the bank's anti-money laundering compliance program in connection with the firm's appointment as the independent examiner of a non-prosecution agreement between the DOJ and the Bank of New York.
  • Managed a team of lawyers and forensic specialists assessing the review of complex structured finance transactions and providing recommendations to senior management in connection with BakerHostetler's appointment as the monitor of a non-prosecution agreement between the DOJ and Merrill Lynch & Co., stemming from the Enron probe.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • BakerHostetler Women's Committee Trailblazer Award (2019)
  • Chambers USA: Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in New York (2014 to 2019)
    • Band 3 (2018 to 2019), Band 4 (2014 to 2017)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2016 to 2019)
    • Recommended in Dispute Resolution - Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2010 to 2018)
    • New York: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • New York Metro "Super Lawyer" (2006 to 2017)
    • "Top 50 Women" (2013 to 2015)
  • Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance (two-time recipient)

Memberships

  • Association of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York: Board Member
  • NYC Citizens Crime Commission: Board Member
  • Women's White Collar Defense Association

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Prior Positions

  • United States Department of Justice: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section, Eastern District of New York
    • Spearheaded the DOJ's global initiative to combat electronic crime.
    • Lead prosecutor in high-profile civil rights cases and organized crime and business fraud prosecutions. 
      • Prosecuted Lemrick Nelson for the racially motivated fatal stabbing of Yankel Rosenbaum during the 1991 anti-Semitic riots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
      • Prosecuted NYC police officers for the 1997 sexual assault of Abner Louima.
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie of the District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1991
  • Massachusetts, 1991
  • New York, 1991

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1990, cum laude
  • B.A., Brown University, 1987, magna cum laude