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Barbara Van Gelder

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Practice Areas

White Collar Defense and Investigations. Barbara (Biz) regularly represents clients in congressional and criminal fraud investigations, as well as qui tam, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, civil RICO, and employment litigation cases. Biz has had more than 100 jury trials and has counseled clients on the pros and cons of government plea arrangements, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Non-Prosecution Agreements, and voluntary disclosures.


As Deputy Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Biz was tasked with the formation of the Office’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) program. During her tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Biz was a member of the Department of Justices ACE Working Group and the Attorney General’s Healthcare Taskforce. Biz is in a small pool of FCA defense attorneys who have both jury trial and appellate experience in qui tam matters. Main Justice honored Biz with its Distinguished Service Award in the Zealous Advocates category in the first annual Main Justice Best FCPA Lawyers Client Service Awards. Biz has taught evidence and trial practice as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Former Assistant U.S. Attorneys.