Brianna L. Abrams represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation and corporate investigations. She counsels clients at all stages of litigation on business matters, including contract disputes, unfair competition matters, and partnership disputes. She represents individuals and organizations involved as targets, subjects, or witnesses in state and federal criminal investigations, internal investigations, and related grand jury and pre-trial proceedings and trials. Brianna has successfully represented clients in a number of actions related to fraud, accounting improprieties, false claims, and antitrust violations. Brianna has also successfully argued and written briefs before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brianna previously worked for another international law firm in Washington, DC, where she represented clients in complex, multiparty civil actions in state and federal court relating to unfair competition investigations brought by US and international regulatory agencies. During law school, Brianna worked as a law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, in the Division of Marketing Practices.
Brianna has represented pro bono clients in various matters regarding asylum law and international human rights law.
Note: This list includes engagements completed prior to joining Morgan Lewis.
Represent leading producer of audio products in multi-million dollar intellectual property and royalty and licensing dispute
On behalf of owner and founder of renewable energy start-up, obtained demurrer with prejudice against claims of ownership interest in the venture and successive companies
Represented the Fiesta Bowl and its related nonprofit foundations in federal, state and local investigations into alleged violations of tax and election laws
Second-chair in arbitration securing award for breach of contract counterclaim and successfully defended against all claims brought by claimant
Represent numerous individuals in investigations of offshore bank accounts and related financial transactions
Represented a large oil and natural gas exploration and production company in pre-trial litigation dealing with fraud, breach of fiduciary duty arising out of corporate reorganization and environmental tort liabilities
Represented an estate in a False Claims Act action brought by the United States seeking more than $500 million in damages
Represented Stolt-Nielsen SA in antitrust class actions in federal and state courts, including before the Multidistrict Litigation Panel (MDL)
Obtained dismissal of a shipping competitor’s predatory pricing case in In re Parcel Tanker Shipping Servs. Antitrust Litig., 541 F. Supp 2d 487 (D. Conn. 2008), one of the first cases to dismiss predatory pricing claims under the U.S. Supreme Court’s then-recent Tombly and Weyerhaeuser precedents
Represented manufacturer of SRAM in In re Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) Antitrust Litigation
Provided preliminary antitrust advice related to potential merger with major competitor in food service distribution industry
Provided Hart-Scott Rodino antitrust pre-merger notification advice to international product tanker company assessing a potential acquisition of competitor
American University, Washington College of Law, 2005, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000, Bachelor of Arts, Journalism
District of Columbia
US District Court for the Central District of California
Awards and Affiliations
Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Bar Association Foundation
American Bar Association
California Bar Association
2010 ADL Glass Leadership Institute Participant
Note and Comment Editor, American University International Law Review (2004–2005)
Former Judicial Extern, Hon. Terry J. Hatter, U.S. District Court, Central District of California