Brandi G. Howard Associate

Brandi is a member of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department, which was recognized by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year. She focuses her practice on investigations, white collar and complex commercial litigation, and appellate matters. Brandi has experience drafting dispositive motions and appellate briefs, counseling clients through government and internal investigations, and representing clients in state and federal court and in arbitration.

Immediately prior to joining McGuireWoods, Brandi was an associate at a national law firm in Washington D.C., where she practiced complex commercial litigation involving ERISA and Managed Care disputes on behalf of both health care providers and health care plans in state and federal trial and appellate courts.  Brandi has pursued millions of dollars in health care provider reimbursements from commercial benefit plans and insurance companies and has defended against overpayment and recoupment claims. Brandi has defended health care plans against allegations of ERISA claims of breaches of fiduciary duties in denial of benefits.  Her healthcare experience has given her a unique perspective into the business-side of healthcare relationships between providers and payors.

Brandi has also participated in internal investigations for health care providers, accounting firms, and realty trusts, concerning allegations of fraud in violation of state and federal laws, including the False Claims Act.

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 and at Georgetown University Law Center.

Experience

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 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 allegations of fraud in cost reporting.

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 African American 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
  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • 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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