Brandi G. Howard Partner

Brandi’s practice focuses on representing corporate and individual clients in government investigations and complex commercial trial and appellate litigation. Brandi was named among the National Bar Association’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2022, and has been named a top 40 under 40 lawyer in Washington, D.C. by The National Black Lawyers since 2021.

Brandi’s investigations practice involves defending clients in government investigations conducted by regulatory and enforcement bodies involving healthcare fraud, consumer protection, antitrust, and anti-money laundering issues and in congressional investigations often involving consumer protection and employment issues. 

Brandi’s litigation practice involves defending and representing clients in routine and high stakes litigation. Brandi represents clients in cases involving the False Claims Act; constitutional issues such as free speech, religious freedom, and sovereign immunity; and breach of contract and consumer protection cases. Brandi also represents individuals and companies in cases before the D.C. Court of Appeals involving adverse actions from District of Columbia administrative agencies.

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 was a SLIP Intern at the U.S. Department of Justice. A moot court champion, she was also a member of two law journals, both at the University of Texas School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor degree, and at the 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

Conducted an internal investigation for a financial institution concerning suspected market manipulation.

Successfully represented financial institution in putative class action regarding TILA, RESPA, FCRA, and common law claims.

Represented a financial institution in a congressional investigation.

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

Successfully obtained summary judgment for institution of higher education involving allegations of First Amendment retaliation.

Successfully represented religious institution in contract dispute against a security company in the District of Columbia.

Represented a large tech company in a congressional inquiry involving employee wage issues.

Represented medical marijuana company in administrative appeal regarding a medical marijuana license in the District of Columbia.

Conducted an internal investigation of allegations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations by a non-U.S. operations group of a large product manufacturing company.

Represented a health care provider in a government antitrust investigation.

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

Represented a health care provider in an IRS investigation involving PPE.

Represented a health care product distributor in a DOJ fraud investigation.

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

Conducted an internal investigation for a health care provider in relation to FCA issues involving cost reporting.

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

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

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

Successfully defended a university in class action litigation alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Represented a 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

Associate Board Member, Just the Beginning — A Pipeline Organization

  • 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

Named to "40 Under 40," National Bar Association, 2022

Named to "Top 40 Under 40: Washington, D.C.," The National Black Lawyers, 2021, 2022

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