Lauren J. Resnick

Partner

New York
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"[Lauren is] 'very knowledgeable, experienced and insightful.' Her ability to 'strike exactly the right tone in explaining what processes involve' is particularly highlighted."

— Chambers USA 2015

Overview

A member of the White Collar and Corporate Investigations team, Lauren Resnick focuses her practice on white collar and commercial litigation. 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, Lauren 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), trade sanctions and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), securities fraud, accounting, and employment matters, and to advise on regulatory compliance issues. In advising and defending companies on these matters, she 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. 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.

Lauren serves as the firmwide client relationship partner, providing guidance and direction to ensure that the firm is focused on identifying clients' needs and developing sound solutions to maintain and increase the firm's presence in the legal marketplace.

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Internal Investigations/Regulatory Compliance
  • Advised a European-based manufacturing company on U.S. government access to electronic communications maintained in cloud-based storage.
White Collar Criminal Defense
  • 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.
Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Directs a team and oversees the SIPA Trustee's forensic accounting consultants in identifying and analyzing the systems and procedures utilized by Bernard L. Madoff to report fictitious trading. Is a core member of the strategy team supervising the global investigation and litigation of hundreds of actions seeking recovery of fraudulent transfers for equitable distribution to the defrauded customers filed by the Trustee in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York against financial institutions, money managers, insiders and sophisticated investors.
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

Internal Investigations/Regulatory Compliance
  • Advised a European-based manufacturing company on U.S. government access to electronic communications maintained in cloud-based storage.
  • 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.
  • Conducted FCPA and securities fraud investigations for an international financial services company and advised on remediation plans.
  • Represented an international hedge fund accountant in a Securities and Exchange Commission and U.K. Financial Services Authority investigation of accounting and securities practices.
  • Represented a witness in a DOJ investigation of criminal kickback violations for Medicare referrals to privately managed healthcare facilities.
  • Conducted an internal investigation of medical school laboratory research procedures to facilitate OFAC disclosure and related government contracts issues.
White Collar Criminal Defense
  • 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
  • Directs a team and oversees the SIPA Trustee's forensic accounting consultants in identifying and analyzing the systems and procedures utilized by Bernard L. Madoff to report fictitious trading. Is a core member of the strategy team supervising the global investigation and litigation of hundreds of actions seeking recovery of fraudulent transfers for equitable distribution to the defrauded customers filed by the Trustee in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York against financial institutions, money managers, insiders and sophisticated investors.
  • 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

  • Chambers USA: Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in New York (2014 to 2016)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2016)
    • Recommended in Dispute Resolution: White Collar Criminal Defense
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2010 to 2017)
    • New York: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • New York "Super Lawyer" (2006 to 2016)
    • "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

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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