Nicole Dania Lueddeke is an associate in the Litigation Department and is based in the firm's Los Angeles office. She focuses on complex commercial litigation and cross-border disputes to include white collar defense, securities litigation, class action defense, data privacy and cybersecurity, and anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance matters. Ms. Lueddeke defends corporations and executives in criminal and regulatory proceedings, and advises clients in government investigations involving United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement.
In both state and federal courts, Ms. Lueddeke represents a broad range of domestic and international companies and high-profile individuals in all stages of litigation from pre-filing through trial and appeal. As part of her practice, she counsels multinational biopharmaceutical, medical technology and device, and life sciences companies in Asia and Latin America. Ms. Lueddeke maintains an active pro bono practice and is co-honoree of The National Law Journal Pro Bono Hot List distinction for the groundbreaking settlement in Phillips v. State of California, and co-honoree of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California Homeless Rights Advocacy Award.
Ms. Lueddeke received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2014, where she was Associate Editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. During law school, she served as judicial extern to the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Christina A. Snyder of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Lueddeke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010, where she graduated summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Ms. Lueddeke served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Otis D. Wright II of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
- Represents Japanese multinational medical device company in DOJ investigation related to alleged FCPA violations in China, South Korea, India, and Latin America. This is one of the first voluntary disclosures out of this critical market with on-going investigations related to alleged kickback scheme involving a sub-distributor network and alleged improper benefits provided to healthcare personnel.
- Represents U.S. healthcare biopharmaceutical company in investigation by SEC’s Enforcement Division related to potential SOX, Dodd Frank, insider trading, and other securities fraud claims related to clinical trial results, disclosures, and material non-public information.
- Counsel for prestigious private university in highly publicized national college admissions "Varsity Blues" scandal. Overseeing client’s investigation, addressing evidentiary issues, and calibrating recommended dispositions across dozens of cases on this extremely litigious matter.
- Represents multinational medical technology company in joint investigations by DOJ and SEC’s Enforcement Division in matters related to grant-making activities and FCPA compliance in Japan.
- Successfully defended multiple senior corporate executives against alleged scienter-based violations brought by SEC’s Enforcement Division, where none received officer and director bar or Rule 506(d) bad actor disqualification:
- Successfully dismissed all scienter and negligence-based violations (Section17(a)(1) – (3), Section 10(b), and Rule 10b–5) related to CFO of multi-billion dollar information technology company, which SEC contended was engaged in improper accounting practices from internal control failures, which led to company prematurely recognizing and reporting revenue and understating expenses.
- Successfully dismissed all scienter and negligence-based violations (Section17(a)(1) – (3)) related to CFO of publicly-traded global apparel and footwear company which SEC contended should have disclosed that the fair value of its indefinite-lived intangible assets were, more likely than not, impaired, as value of trademarks at liquidation were lower than current carrying values.
- Secured win for co-founder and CEO of crowdsourcing NNN REIT fund for non-accredited investors by dismissing scienter-based Section 15(a) violation and strict liability Section 5(b)(1) violation, where SEC alleged client was unregistered broker-dealer and was both necessary participant and substantial factor in sale of unregistered security.
- Counsel for co-founder, chairman, and chief investment officer of a venture capital hedge fund in the investigation by DOJ Special Counsel Robert Mueller relating to the alleged knowledge of, and participation in, key meetings between President Donald Trump advisors and Russian and United Arab Emirates officials. Reviewed highly confidential communications with Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Eric Prince, George Nader, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi for investigative interviews. Defended client before Mueller’s Special Counsel on three separate occasions.
- Represented leading mobile streaming-video platform that raised over $1 billion in pre-launch in creating and developing its international anti-bribery policy, anti-corruption and FCPA compliance program, and integration protocol.
- Counsel for CFO of $2.5 billion information technology company in SEC investigation for alleged involvement in fraudulent accounting practices of improperly recording multi-millions in revenue, in violation of GAAP.
- Counsel for financial banking institution in DOJ proceedings related to civil asset forfeiture of major real estate holdings allegedly purchased with proceeds from foreign corruption offenses and laundered through United States. After presenting to DOJ, it was found that Bank was an innocent owner of real estate holdings.
- Represented technology investment fund (Asia market) in securing judgment of $415 million arbitration award in initial action, secondary action, and appeal relating to formation of international entity. Successfully argued five motions in Los Angeles County Superior Court before the Honorable Judge Randolph M. Hammock.
- Counsel for a senior vice president of global private banking group in Switzerland, who generated billions of dollars for bank in private client business originating from Russia, in action involving DOJ investigation into Swiss bank secrecy law violations.
- Defended national law firm in third-party criminal investigation of international telecom mobile provider in matters regarding potential federal prosecution for tax evasion and fraud.
- Defended national real estate development company in action involving fraud claims brought by multiple parties in multiple lawsuits for allegedly defective structural design, construction, and development of mixed-use skyscraper.
- Represented founder and managing partner of commercial real estate development firm in matters regarding DOJ investigation relating to bribery of government official and alleged losses exceeding $40 million.
- Defended publicly traded chain of international restaurants in connection with federal criminal investigation relating to violations of food safety practices.
- Represented Delaware investment fund in $50 million breach of contract and declaratory relief dispute concerning holographic display advertising for national retail chain.
- Pro bono representation in Glover v. City of Laguna Beach of disabled, homeless persons in class action lawsuit alleging violations of U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment, Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause, for discriminatory practices.
- Pro bono representation in Phillips v. State of California (Fresno Public Defense) alleging violations of Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution involving inadequate legal representation of residents charged with crimes assigned to under-resourced public defenders. Case was recognized by The National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Hot List for the groundbreaking settlement.
- Pro bono representation in USA v. Newland et al. of Retired Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless in "Fat Leonard" scandal, arguing that Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act does not apply to extend statute of limitations on a bribery count that is unrelated to wartime activities, and arguing that allegedly buying one’s silence is not a chargeable bribery offense, as it does not qualify as quid pro quo.
- Paul Hastings Celebrated as Most Impressive Investigations Practice at Global Investigations Review’s Annual Awards - November 10th, 2021
- ACLU Reaches Historic Settlement on Access to Public Defense with State of California and Fresno County - January 11th, 2020
- ACLU Reaches Historic Pact on Homelessness with City of Laguna Beach - June 6th, 2018
Engagement & Publications
- Moderator: "State Attorneys General Investigations." Paul Hastings Investigations and White Collar Defense, Best Practices Series, 10 November 2021.
- Gary Giampetruzzi, Anthony Jannotta, and Nicole Lueddeke. "Pharma Industry Can Expect More Scrutiny From State AGs." Law360, 24 March 2021.
- Daniel Prince, Scott Carlton, and Nicole D. Lueddeke. "From Lockdown to a Showdown: What Questions Should Companies Consider Pertaining to the Authority of the Federal or State Governments to "Reopen" the Economy?" Lexology, 15 September 2020.
- Nicolas Morgan, Robert Silvers, and Nicole Lueddeke. "INSIGHT: Cybercrime is Rising–How to Protect Your Financial Firm." Bloomberg Law, 4 June 2020.
- Thomas P. O’Brien, Nicole D. Lueddeke, and Adam G. Berger. "The Attorney Proffer and the Increased Risk of Waiving Work Product Protection." California Bar Journal, 31 May 2018.
- Thomas A. Zaccaro, Nicolas Morgan, D. Scott Carlton, and Nicole D. Lueddeke. "Searching for Fraud on the Market." Daily Journal, 19 March 2018, p.1.
- Named to Best Lawyers 2022 "Ones to Watch in America" for Commercial Litigation
- Selected to Super Lawyers Magazine 2021 "Southern California Rising Stars" for White Collar Defense
- Recognized by National Trial Lawyers 2021 "Top 40 Under 40" for Criminal Defense
- Nominated by Los Angeles Business Journal for 2021 Leaders in Law Award
- Vice-chair of firm’s Summer Associate Committee
- Co-chair of Paul Hastings Affinity Network’s (PHAN) Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, Los Angeles Women's Network
- Certification in Healthcare Compliance Program with a Specialization in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
- Member of firm’s Steering Committee, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
- Member of firm’s Talent Development Committee
- Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter, Litigation Section
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles
- Pro Bono Attorney for KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) serving as legal counsel to unaccompanied immigrant children in the United States
- Co-honoree of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California 2017 Homeless Rights Advocacy Award
- American Bar Association, Litigation Section