Brandi G. Howard Associate

Brandi’s practice focuses on representing corporate and individual clients in government investigations and complex commercial trial and appellate litigation. Brandi defends clients against allegations of violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), and participates in internal investigations involving healthcare fraud, antitrust issues, and anti-money laundering issues.

Brandi represents large corporations in the health, telecommunications, financial services, and tech industries in state and federal courts, as well as in state and federal government investigations. Immediately prior to joining McGuireWoods, Brandi was an associate at a national law firm in Washington D.C., where she practiced complex commercial litigation on behalf of healthcare providers, universities, accounting firms, and realty trusts in state and federal court and in arbitration.

Brandi has maintained an active pro bono practice in D.C. Superior Court for several years, representing individuals in civil rights cases and nonprofit organizations in breach of contract disputes.

Brandi is a two-time appellate law clerk, having clerked for former Chief Judge Eric T. Washington of the D.C. Court of Appeals and civil rights icon Damon J. Keith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

While in law school, Brandi interned for a Commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was a SLIP Intern at the U.S. Department of Justice. Brandi was also a moot court champion in law school, and a member of two law journals, both at the University of Texas School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor degree, and at Georgetown University Law Center where she attended as a Visiting Student from 2011-2012.

Brandi is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Experience

Investigation of potential FCPA violations by non-U.S. operations group of product manufacturing company.

Represented health care provider in government antitrust investigation.

Successfully negotiated settlement on behalf of large health care provider against health care plan regarding underpayment for health care services to plan’s beneficiary.

Represented health care provider in IRS investigation involving PPE.

Represented financial institution in a congressional investigation.

Represented large health care provider against large insurance company regarding breach of insurance contract and underpayment of health care services for insureds.

Participated in internal investigation of health care provider in relation to FCA issues involving cost reporting.

Represented GSA schedule contractor against qui tam lawsuit filed under the FCA alleging improper sales in violation of the Trade Agreements Act.

Successfully represented medical device manufacturer in a breach of contract dispute against a medical device distributor in arbitration.

Successfully defended large hospital system in employment discrimination appeal filed by formerly-employed nurse.

Defended health plan against allegations of ERISA violations in denial of disability benefits.

Represented health care providers in state court appeal against large insurer for underpayments for emergency healthcare services.

Successfully defended realty trust against third-party subpoena filed in investor fraud dispute.

Defended university in class action litigation alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Represented historically Black Church, achieving dismissal of bank-initiated interpleader using the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine and successfully defended appeal in state court.

  • The University of Texas School of Law, JD, 2012
  • American University, BA, cum laude, 2009

Named to "Top 40 Under 40: Washington, D.C.," The National Black Lawyers, 2021

  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
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