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Nicole Dania Lueddeke

Associate, Litigation Department


Nicole Dania Lueddeke is an associate in the Litigation Department and is based in the firm's Los Angeles office.  Ms. Lueddeke focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation.

In both state and federal courts, Ms. Lueddeke represents a broad range of domestic and international clients.  With extensive experience in all stages of litigation from pre-filing through trial and appeal, and in state and federal investigations from pre-indictment and pre-disclosure through resolution, she defends individuals and companies in high-stakes civil and criminal cases.  Ms. Lueddeke advises clients on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters, State Attorney General consumer protection statutes, False Claims Act (qui tam suits), regulatory compliance programs, and defense of enforcement proceedings in internal investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  While her practice cuts across various industries, Ms. Lueddeke primarily represents pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Ms. Lueddeke maintains an active pro bono practice.  She was part of the trial team in the “Fat Leonard” criminal corruption scandal securing a significant jury win for the client, co-honoree of The National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Hot List for the groundbreaking settlement in Phillips v. State of California, and co-honoree of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California’s Homeless Rights Advocacy Award.

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.


  • Daily Journal’s 2023 “Top White Collar” Lawyers
  • Daily Journal’s 2023 “Top 40 Under 40” Lawyers
  • Daily Journal’s 2023 “Top Women Lawyers”
  • Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2023 “Women of Influence: Attorneys”
  • Lawdragon 500 X - The Next Generation 2023 for White Collar Defense
  • Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” for Criminal Defense: White Collar (2023, 2022)
  • American Bar Association’s 2022 “On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers”
  • The American Lawyer’s 2022 “West Trailblazers”
  • Daily Journal’s 2021 “Top White Collar” Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers 2021 “Top 40 Under 40” for Criminal Defense


  • Represents multibillion-dollar Japanese medical device company in DOJ investigation related to alleged FCPA violations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. 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 personnel.
  • Defended retired naval officer in alleged conspiracy, bribery and fraud charges involving entanglements with Singapore-based military contractor known as the “Fat Leonard” sandal. Following a five-month jury trial and multi-year investigation of the reported “worst corruption scandal in the history of the Navy,” defense secured a significant trial victory resulting in not guilty verdicts on all counts for the client.
  • Represented U.S. 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.
  • Counseled prestigious private university in highly-publicized college admissions "Varsity Blues" scandal involving joint FBI and DOJ investigations of alleged mail fraud, honest-services mail fraud, and money laundering.
  • Represents multibillion-dollar medical technology company in joint investigations by DOJ and SEC’s Enforcement Division regarding grant-making activities and FCPA compliance in Japan.
  • Defended multiple CEOs and CFOs 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:
    • 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 reporting revenue and understating expenses.
    • 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.
  • Represented leading mobile streaming-video platform that raised over $1B in pre-launch in creating and developing its international anti-bribery policy, anti-corruption and FCPA compliance program, and integration protocol.
  • Counseled CFO of $2.5B information technology company in SEC investigation for alleged involvement in fraudulent accounting practices of improperly recording multi-millions in revenue, in violation of GAAP.
  • Counseled financial banking firm 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 $415M 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.
  • Represented SVP 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.
  • Counseled 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.
  • 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 $40M.
  • Defended publicly traded international restaurant chain in connection with federal criminal investigation relating to violations of food safety practices.
  • Represented Delaware investment fund in $50M breach of contract and declaratory relief dispute concerning holographic display advertising for national retail chain.

Engagement & Publications

  • Podcast: “Paul Hastings: Ethnicity & Intersectionality.” Chambers Associate (2 May 2022)
  • Panelist: “Taking the Steps to Federal Court.” Federal Bar Association (17 February 2022)
  • Moderator: “State Attorneys General Investigations.” Paul Hastings Investigations and White Collar Defense, Best Practices Series (10 November 2021)
  • Gary F. Giampetruzzi, Anthony Jannotta, Jane H. Yoon, and Nicole Dania Lueddeke. “The Life Sciences & Healthcare Industry: The State AG Perspective.” Paul Hastings Client Alerts (26 July 2021)
  • Moderator: “Defining Your Impact as a Leader.” Paul Hastings Global Diversity & Inclusion Women’s Initiative, Panel Series (31 March 2021)
  • Gary Giamperuzzi, Antony 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)


  • 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

Practice Areas


White Collar Defense

Anti-Corruption and FCPA

Investigations and White Collar Defense

Life Sciences and Healthcare




California Bar


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D. 2014

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. 2010

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