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About Jennifer Loeb

Jennifer is a Counsel in our Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley offices, where she focuses on white-collar defense, global investigations, and complex litigation.

Jennifer defends companies and their officers against allegations of securities and accounting fraud, antitrust violations, bribery/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, insider trading, healthcare fraud and abuse, and violations of U.S. environmental laws, among others. Jennifer also conducts internal investigations and counsels clients related to alleged workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment and assault.

Additionally, Jennifer advises clients on compliance with the FCPA, US anti-money laundering laws, and US economic sanctions and export controls in cross-border M&A, private equity transactions, and venture capital.

Prior to joining Freshfields, Jennifer served as a senior Assistant United States Attorney in the specialized sex crimes unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted cases in D.C. Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. As a federal prosecutor, Jennifer tried nearly 50 cases to verdict, drafted more than a dozen appellate briefs, and presented oral argument in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals. Of note, Jennifer’s past work prosecuting sex crimes helped her develop the skills, specialized knowledge, and literacy on gender dynamics to confidently guide clients through complex and sensitive investigations into alleged workplace misconduct.  

Jennifer previously worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C., offices of two international law firms. She also worked as a legal intern in the Office of the Counsel to Vice President Joseph R. Biden, and as an extern for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Recent work

Jennifer’s representative experience includes:

  • trial counsel for the former CEO of a biopharmaceutical company charged with securities fraud and conspiracy in the Southern District of New York (in one of the first federal criminal cases to be tried in person during the COVID-19 pandemic);
  • managing an independent investigation for a not-for-profit organization regarding #MeToo-type allegations;
  • conducting an independent investigation for the Special Committee of the Board of a California technology company regarding alleged accounting impropriety;
  • advising equity investors and financial institutions on due diligence associated with cross-border acquisitions, private equity investments, and sponsorship of an international IPO, with a specific focus on anti-bribery/corruption and sanctions/human rights;
  • representing a leading Fortune 50 company in various internal investigations, including conducting over one-hundred witness interviews;
  • advising an e-commerce company in connection with alleged FCPA violations;
  • representing an executive of an international pharmaceutical company in connection with allegations of international trade and OFAC violations;
  • representing an international energy company that was alleged to have made false statements in its regulatory reporting; and
  • advising a for-profit college in connection with allegations that it violated the False Claims Act.

Jennifer also has an active pro bono practice. She represented several Holocaust survivors who applied to the German government for pension payments for work performed in World War II ghettos. One client received a substantial back payment award that dramatically improved her quality of life in the final years of her life. Jennifer has also counseled not-for-profit and religious organizations and represented several individuals in immigration court proceedings.

Qualifications

Jennifer received her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was the technical editor of the USF Law Review.

Jennifer received her B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University.

Jennifer is a member of the Women's White Collar Defense Association and the National Association of Women Lawyers.

She is admitted to practice in California, New York, and the District of Columbia, and numerous federal circuit and district courts across the United States.