Lauren Cafferty Mahaffey Associate

Lauren represents clients in a variety of regulatory, criminal and compliance matters as well as in litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. She has particular experience assisting government contractors in connection with enforcement matters and internal investigations. She has counseled clients on the FCA, FCPA, FECA and a variety of securities and banking statutes.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Lauren served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Claude M. Hilton, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.


Representing senior employee of large international chemical business in ongoing FCPA investigation concerning activities in Asia.

Advised top U.S. defense contractor in connection with multiple internal ethics investigations.

Represented an Alaska Native Corporation in an internal investigation and subsequent litigation.

Represented a large defense contractor in a DOD Inspector General investigation of comments made by a former executive regarding potential procurement integrity concerns.

Represented a major financial institution in connection with OFAC enforcement matters, including a self-disclosure.

Representation of Big Four accounting firm before SEC and in civil litigation.

Representation of U.S. and international corporations and individuals in a variety of commercial litigation matters in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Representation of corporations and individuals involved in SEC, FEC and DOJ investigations.

Represented a human trafficking survivor with a pro bono team and won an unprecedented $8 million civil judgment in an anti-trafficking suit against a nationwide cult headquartered in Kansas.

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • The George Washington University, JD, 2012
  • University of South Carolina, BA, Journalism and Mass Communications, cum laude, Dean's List, 2009
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