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Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder
1825 Eye Street NW
T: (202) 420-4845
Awards & Honors
Biz Van Gelder is the leader of Dickstein Shapiro’s Congressional Investigations Practice and co-leader of its White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations Practice where she focuses on white-collar defense and healthcare cases. Ms. Van Gelder regularly represents clients in congressional and criminal fraud investigations as well as
, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims Act (FCA), civil RICO, and employment litigation. She has counseled clients—including boards, audit committees, and management—on the development and implementation of internal compliance and ethics programs, the conduct of internal investigations, and Sarbanes-Oxley issues.
Ms. Van Gelder’s extensive FCPA compliance experience includes leading numerous internal investigations in the United States as well as India, China and Israel. Ms. Van Gelder’s practice also includes clients who have been the targets of DOJ search warrants and grand jury investigations as well as parallel SEC investigations. She has counseled clients on the pros/cons of Government plea arrangements, Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs), Non-Prosecution Agreements (NPAs), and voluntary disclosures.
Ms. Van Gelder has also developed internal Codes of Conduct and Anti-Corruption compliance training for multi-national corporations. She has spoken at various conferences on the FCPA as well as the new UK Bribery Act.
In naming her one of DC’s top criminal defense lawyers,
magazine described Ms. Van Gelder as someone to call if “you find yourself drawn into an awkward congressional investigation, or worse, a grand-jury investigation by the Justice Department or the U.S. Attorney’s office.”
honored Ms. Van Gelder with its Distinguished Service Award in the Zealous Advocates category in the first annual Main Justice Best FCPA Lawyers Client Service Awards.
False Claims Act Investigations and Defense
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Internal Corporate Investigations
White Collar Criminal Defense
White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Boston University, B.A., 1972
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1976
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