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BrittanyLawrence

Counsel

"By striving to deeply understand my clients' goals, I can develop practical litigation strategies that meet their business needs—which is work I thoroughly enjoy."

Overview

Biography

Brittany is a commercial litigator who primarily concentrates her practice on civil and criminal matters, representing clients ranging from small businesses to major corporations in state and federal court and in arbitrations. In criminal matters, she represents both individuals and entities facing federal and state criminal prosecutions. Brittany also assists businesses and other organizations in conducting internal investigations and responding to criminal subpoenas.

Brittany additionally focuses on higher education matters, routinely counseling clients on compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association bylaws. She also represents colleges and universities in criminal proceedings and government investigations, assisting with communication and cooperation with law enforcement. Brittany additionally conducts internal investigations to detect and prevent future issues, advising higher education clients on the implementation of effective compliance programs.

Bar Associations

  • Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys
  • New York State Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Represented a local university in connection with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance and information requests.
  • Represented universities in connection with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) compliance matters.
  • Represented an individual in a criminal prosecution involving alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
  • Represented a manufacturing client in connection with the voluntary disclosure of a potential violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
  • Represented a private NY university in connection with a criminal investigation involving a former assistant coach.
  • Represented a government contractor in the voluntary disclosure of a potential violation of the International Traffic and Arms Regulations.
  • Represented an individual in a criminal prosecution involving alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
  • Represented a government contractor in a criminal investigation led by the US Department of Homeland Security.
  • Represented a development company in a real estate contract dispute.
  • Represented a renewable-energy company in a contract dispute before the American Arbitration Association.
  • Provided pro bono trial counsel to an inmate-plaintiff in a federal civil rights matter.
  • Provided pro bono trial counsel to a single mother and family who were unlawfully evicted from their home and suffered the loss of personal property.
  • Represented an individual in connection with a federal tax investigation. Successfully negotiated a plea agreement that included an agreed-upon sentence and barred the government from bringing any further criminal charges in exchange for a guilty plea to two counts. 
  • Represented an individual in connection with a federal immigration investigation concerning allegations of harboring illegal immigrants. Successfully negotiated a plea agreement that barred the government from bringing any further criminal charges in exchange for a guilty plea to one count. The client received no jail time. 
  • Represented an individual charged with 30 counts of health care fraud and conspiracy to make false statements in connection with health care billing. The case was tried before a federal jury in Utica, New York. 
  • Represented a manufacturing company in connection with providing a voluntary disclosure to the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls – US Department of State (DDTC) concerning a potential violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) related to the outsourcing of a munitions component part from China without proper ITAR licenses. The DDTC ultimately closed the case without taking any adverse action or penalty against the client.
  • Successfully negotiated a civil resolution for a manufacturing client subject to a federal False Claims Act investigation that arose out of the client supplying a China-sourced component part to a US defense munitions contractor without the proper ITAR license.  
  • Successfully negotiated a civil resolution of a federal investigation into the submission of false claims for payment to the United States in connection with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The investigation arose out of the client’s improper use of a contractor who was not performing a commercially useful function and, thus, was not an authorized DBE contractor. Also successfully defended the client in a related investigation by the EPA’s suspension and debarment division, which ultimately took no adverse debarment action against the client.  

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Associate
  • US Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York, Law Clerk

Judicial Clerkships

  • US District Court for the Northern District of New York, Judge Frederick Scullin Jr.

Selected Community Activities

  • Menorah Park Senior Living Facility, Volunteer

Selected Honors

  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars: Commercial Litigation, 2015-2018; Business Litigation, 2019
  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2013
  • US District Court for the Northern District of New York, Pro Bono Service Honor Roll, 2012-2014
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Syracuse University, “An Overview of FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 USC § 1232g)”
  • Barclay Damon, “Higher Education” CLE

Selected Publications & Media

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

New NYS Hemp Legislation Signed

Alerts

NY Green Bank and NY PSC: Energy Storage Updates

Alerts

House Judiciary Committee Advances MORE Act

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