Laura Colombell Marshall Partner

Laura is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar practice. She advises clients on a wide range of criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters. She has successfully defended companies and executives facing high stakes investigations, criminal exposure and reputational risk. She also advises on compliance issues and has extensive experience managing risks associated with corruption, money laundering and economic sanctions.

Laura is ranked in Chambers USA for white collar crime and government investigations in Virginia, and was named a National Law Journal Criminal Law Trailblazer and a Benchmark “Local Litigation Star.” She has been consistently recognized for her work by Global Investigations Review, including as one of the Top 100 Women in investigations “who are achieving great things in a competitive and notoriously tough area of law.”

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Laura was the head of the white collar defense and internal investigations team for an AmLaw100 international firm. She also served for 15 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, handling numerous federal jury trials and successfully arguing five cases before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1999 to 2007, Laura served as a JAG Officer in the United States Army Reserve, which included an assignment to the Contract Appeals Division handling procurement fraud matters.

Experience

Successfully defended CFO of government contractor in investigation of allegations of corruption resulting in no charges being filed.

Led representation of health care company in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) qui tam action alleging over $300 million in upcoding illegal kickbacks resulting in decision by the government not to intervene.

Led representation of government contractor in aerospace industry in investigation of FCA violations for kickbacks and time mischarging and successfully settled case with no admission of liability.

Conducted internal investigation for global retailer regarding allegations of corruption and self-dealing involving Asia operations.

Led internal investigation for global service provider to address allegations of corruption and bid-rigging in Asia operations and developed remediation plan.

Successfully defended hospital system to address potential civil liability in investigation of alleged FCA violations based on improper billing and lack of documentation resulting in favorable settlement.

Developed FCPA and anti-corruption training for a global company’s operations in China, to include guidance on risks associated with global security logistics.

Successfully defended CEO of global manufacturing company in investigation involving allegations of bribes and kickbacks in connection with government contracts.

Advised global financial institution on cross-border and bank secrecy issues related to requests for information by AML regulators.

Advised global financial institution on cross border issues related to the implementation of centralized solution to manage OFAC compliance.

Conducted targeted due diligence to assess OFAC risks and issues involving beneficial ownership in the context of complex real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions and investment funds.

Successfully defended hospital system to resolve civil liability under the FCA based on allegations of performing surgical procedures without medical necessity.

Represented global media company in asset recovery matter involving high value digital media and archives. Coordinated civil litigation and advocacy with federal authorities to recover the assets.

Advised lienholders on the assertion of rights as a third party claimant in connection with a civil forfeiture proceeding against real property, including guidance on “innocent owner” defense to civil forfeiture, and remission and restoration procedures for purposes of restitution.

Led independent investigation for school system to address allegations of misconduct in connection with social media platforms. 

Advised client on team suspension and potential violations of Title IX in relation to disciplinary procedures for student athletes.

Advised school system on potential conflict of interest violations and related qui tam under federal and state false claims statutes.

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, University of Richmond Law Review, 1994
  • University of Virginia, BA, American Government, 1991

Member, Virginia Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Chair

Member, American Bar Association, Women in White Collar Subcommittee

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), Central Virginia Chapter

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Corporate Investigations and White-collar Criminal Defense, 2022

Selected as a Leader in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2021, 2022

Named a “Local Litigation Star,” White Collar Crime, Benchmark Litigation, 2020-2022

Recognized in “The GIR 100,” Global Investigations Review, 2018, 2019, 2021

Named among the Legal Elite for Criminal Law, Virginia Business Magazine, 2017, 2021

Named a “Criminal Law Trailblazer,” The National Law Journal, 2020

Named among Top 100 Women in Investigations Survey, Global Investigations Review, 2015

Selected to Leadership Metro Richmond, Class of 2014

Director’s Award, United States Secret Service, 2013

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