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Gabrielle S. Friedman

Gabi represents U.S. and international clients in matters ranging from cross-border criminal investigations and prosecutions to complex civil and regulatory matters, often with an international dimension. She has obtained favorable results for clients in a wide variety of cases, including matters raising issues of corporate and securities fraud, accounting fraud, criminal antitrust law, contract disputes, entertainment and art law, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Gabi’s practice has a strong focus on pre-indictment advocacy, and in many cases her clients avoid charges altogether. Gabi also represents lawyers facing alleged ethics violations or other forms of potential professional misconduct. Her matters have involved investigative authorities such as various United States Attorney’s Offices and state prosecutors offices, units of the Department of Justice including the Fraud Section, the FCPA Unit, the Antitrust Division and the Tax Division, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Gabi has represented clients at trial, in investigations, and in the complex strategic negotiations that accompany a non-litigated resolution of criminal or regulatory charges. She has experience with extradition proceedings in foreign jurisdictions, and has represented clients facing parallel investigations in more than one country.

A fluent German speaker who has lived and worked in Germany, Gabi brings a firsthand understanding of European cultural norms and business practices to her work. She has extensive experience representing citizens of foreign countries under investigation by U.S. authorities. Gabi works closely with foreign counsel and has attended proceedings conducted by German state prosecutors. She has lectured to German criminal defense lawyers and in German law schools about representing corporations and individuals in U.S. investigations.

After graduating from law school, Gabi received a Bosch Foundation Fellowship to conduct research in Berlin, Germany. Before joining LSW, she was a litigation associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and served as a federal law clerk at the trial level to the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch in New York City.

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Gabrielle S. Friedman vertritt sowohl US-amerikanische als auch internationale Mandanten. Ein Schwerpunkt ihrer Tätigkeit liegt in der Beratung und Begleitung von Managern bei unternehmensinternen Ermittlungen, der Verteidigung in Verfahren vor US-amerikanischen Strafverfolgungs- und Aufsichtsbehörden. lm zivilrechtlichen Unternehmenshaftungsrecht sowie im Bereich der Haftung von Unternehmensführern vertritt Frau Friedman Unternehmensleiter sowie leitende Angestellte – oft im Zusammenhang mit gleichzeitig laufenden Strafverfahren.

lhre Mandanten stammen vorwiegend aus der Finanz- und Bankenbranche, lndustrie und Handel sowie Kunst- und Unterhaltungsbranche. Entsprechend war Frau Friedman in zahlreichen Verfahren wegen des Vorwurfs von (Kapitalanlage-) Betrug und Untreue, von lnsiderhandel und Marktmanipulation, Kartellvorwürfen, Bilanzbetrugs-, lnsolvenz- und Korruptionsfällen als Verteidigerin tätig. Dabei ist sie vor diversen Stellen der US-amerikanischen Staatsanwaltschaften, den Kartellrechts-, Steuer- und Betrugsdezernaten des US-Justizministeriums, der US-SEC und weiteren Bundesbehörden aufgetreten.

Frau Friedman spricht flieβend Deutsch. Dies ermöglicht es ihr, ohne sprachliche Barriere lnteressen ihrer Mandanten aus dem US-Ausland – insbesondere aus Deutschland und der Schweiz – wahrzunehmen und diese in Aufsichts- und Strafverfolgungsverfahren zu vertreten. Sie arbeitete dabei eng mit ausländischen Rechtsanwälten zusammen und kann im Bedarfsfall auf ein entsprechendes Netzwerk zurückgreifen. lm Zuge der im Ausland begleiteten Ermittlungen konnte Frau Friedman viel Erfahrung sammeln in Strafverfahren, die parallel von US- amerikanischen als auch deutschen Strafverfolgungsbehörden geführt wurden.

Frau Friedman schloss ihr Bachelors Studium im Jahre 1992 an der Columbia University ab. lhren Masters Degree in Europäische Geschichte” bekam sie an der Brown University im Jahr 1993 verliehen. Darauf folgte im Jahre 2000 die Promotion an der Yale Law School. lm Anschluss daran arbeitete Frau Friedman als Rechtsreferentin für einen Bundesrichter in New York und als Associate bei Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP.

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Representative Matters

  • Represented a European executive arrested on an Interpol red notice and extradited to the United States on FCPA charges, obtaining a non-jail sentence.
  • Served as pool counsel representing over three dozen potential witnesses in a federal investigation of potential tax and wire fraud involving a European tax authority in both criminal and civil arenas.
  • Defended a financial executive in a month-long federal criminal trial brought by the DOJ Antitrust Division involving allegations of conspiracy and fraud in the municipal bond industry, resulting in victory on appeal.
  • Represented a German manufacturing executive on the U.S. side of a parallel cross-border criminal investigation of alleged fraud by the DOJ Fraud Section and European authorities, concluding with no U.S. charges filed.
  • Represented a non-U.S. citizen CFO of an international insurance company in an FCPA investigation, achieving a resolution not involving any charges against the client.
  • Represented German financial traders in a cross-border investigation by the DOJ Fraud Section of alleged fraud and benchmark rate-rigging in the banking industry, resulting in no U.S. charges filed.
  • Represented a Swiss banker in an investigation relating to the U.S.-Swiss Bank Program regarding use of foreign bank accounts to facilitate evasion of U.S. taxes and reporting requirements.
  • Represented a German artist in an investigation conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
  • Represented Japanese executives in connection with a DOJ Antitrust Division investigation of bid-rigging in the auto parts industry. No charges were filed.
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Publications

Articles

How the CARES Act Will Affect Federal Criminal Justice, LinkedIn (March 31, 2020) (co-author with Jeannie Rose "Rosie" Rubin)

The Legal Ethics of Multiple-Client Representations, New York Law Journal (June 18, 2019) (co-author with Jeffrey Udell)

Challenging the Guidelines’ Loss Table, Federal Sentencing Reporter (February 1, 2008) (co-author with Daniel M. Gitner, Kan Nawaday)

Must a Firm Report Child Porn on Company Server?, New York Law Journal (November 15, 2007) (co-author with Daniel M. Gitner)

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Activities

Professional Affiliations

  • New York City Bar Association
    • Member, White Collar Crime Committee
    • Member, Ethics Committee (2018-2019)
    • Member, Committee on Federal Legislation (2010-2011)
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Member, White Collar Crime Committee
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • European Criminal Bar Association
    • Member, European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers sub-association
  • German American Lawyers Association
    • Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung e.V.
  • Global Criminal Law Counsel
  • Federal Bar Council
  • American Bar Association
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Speaking Engagements

Gabrielle Friedman Presents on Cross-Border Criminal Investigations (in German), Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany (November 6, 2019)

Gabrielle Friedman Serves as Panelist at Berlin Symposium on Internal Investigations (in German), Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (November 7, 2018)

Gabrielle Friedman Moderates Judicial Panel on Recurring Ethics Issues, American Bar Association (August 10, 2017)

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