Angela Laughlin Brown

Subpoenas and high-stakes government investigations can disrupt business and cause stress and anxiety for my clients. I focus on solutions—providing the skill, knowledge, and resources to quickly delve into the legal issues, understanding what the government or entity wants, and using an assertive, yet respectful, approach to develop a solution or compromise.

Angela Brown’s practice focuses on white collar defense and government investigations, She assists both individuals and corporations facing actual or threatened government enforcement actions. Angela has represented clients under criminal or civil investigation by various government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Inspector General, and the Securities Exchange Commission. Her experience in high-risk disputes and investigations encompasses a wide range of industries, jurisdictions, and subject matter areas such as healthcare fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, FCPA violations, tax fraud, commodities fraud, and antitrust violations.

Angela is also an accomplished appellate lawyer with successful results in state and federal appeals before courts in Texas and other jurisdictions across the country. She is one of the firm’s go-to lawyers for researching and briefing dispositive motions in the most challenging, high-exposure cases, or when clients need a skilled analysis of complex procedural and evidentiary issues that may determine the outcome of a case.

Angela is an adjunct professor at UNT Dallas College of Law and teaches a seminar focusing on drafting criminal motions. Prior to joining the firm Angela was a professor of law at Texas Tech University School of Law focusing her teaching on federal procedure and evidence.

Representative Experience

White Collar Representation

  • Representing a laboratory, and its principal, in parallel civil and criminal investigations related to allegations of illegal kickbacks and Medicare fraud.
  • Representing physician in connection to an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General and the Department of Health and Human Services into illegal kickback and billing fraud.
  • Conducting an internal investigation into illegal kickback and billing fraud allegations on behalf of a large Houston-based healthcare company.
  • Representing a healthcare marketing company in connection with an investigation conducted by the Justice Department and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Representing a nurse in connection with a criminal investigation and prosecution for allegations of anti-kickback and STARK violations.
  • Representing large family trust in connection with claims by the Internal Revenue Service of fraudulent transfer and alter-ego.
  • Representing CEO and international franchiser on appeal from denial of million-dollar tax deduction in the United States Tax Court.
  • Defended an attorney in a securities fraud investigation by the SEC.
  • Conducted an internal investigation into allegations of FCPA violations on behalf of multi-national corporation.

Appellate Experience

  • Obtained Fifth Circuit judgment affirming the district court's judgment in favor of international franchiser against its former franchisee in the British Isles (and the franchisee's principal). The judgment awarded the franchisor $3.15 million and dismissed franchisee's counterclaim seeking over $9 million in damages. Jani-King Franchising, Inc. v. Jani-King (GB), Ltd. and Ian Thomas, No. 17-11254 in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Successfully represented one of the largest debt buyers in the United States in obtaining appellate judgments affirming magistrate court’s judgments in Idaho state courts.
  • Representing large trade association as amicus curiae counsel in federal courts across the country.
Thought Leadership / News
August 29, 2022 
 In the News

Texas Lawbook (subscription required)

September 21, 2021 
 Speeches and Presentations
The Fifth Amendment

Federal Bar Association

November 3, 2020 
 Speeches and Presentations
Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations: What Happens When Something Goes Wrong?

Dallas Bar Association - Corporate Counsel Section

November 3, 2020 
 Speeches and Presentations
Internal Investigations, Mainly Those Arising from Government Actions

Dallas Bar Association - Corporate Counsel Section

August 4, 2020 
 Speeches and Presentations
IAF Update

ACA International

  • Mahon Research Fellow (2008 - 2009)
  • Frank W. Newton Service Award, Board of Barristers (2006)
  • Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award (2006)
  • Phi Alpha Delta Outstanding Teaching Award (2004 - 2005)
Organizational Involvement

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Court Advisory Committee, Northern District of Texas
  • Attorneys Serving the Community
  • Women of White Collar Association
  • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
  • Volunteer Attorney, Collin County Teen Court 

Community Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Nexus Recovery Center, Inc. 
  • Lakewood Service League
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (1999)
  • B.A., Government, University of Virginia (1995)
Bar Admissions
  • Texas (2001)
  • Virginia (1999) , Inactive
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Appellate Court of the Armed Forces
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas