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 Laura Brookover is a senior litigator who represents clients in high-stakes commercial cases, class actions, and complex commodity and financial markets litigation. She has first-chair trial experience and has successfully led teams in all stages of litigation.

Ms. Brookover rejoined the firm after serving in the Division of Enforcement at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where she litigated complex derivatives and commodities cases in federal courts across the country. In a case pursued to trial, Ms. Brookover secured a rare verdict for the CFTC on all counts and obtained the agency’s first-ever victory under its false statements authority. She also served on the agency’s Spoofing Task Force. During her time with the government, Ms. Brookover worked with counterparts at DOJ and SEC on parallel investigations and inquiries. At the firm, Ms. Brookover continues to advise on issues relating to commodity and derivatives markets, including foreign corruption, manipulation, and disruptive trading.

  • Representing global energy company in market manipulation enforcement action brought by the California Attorney General and in follow-on class actions.
  • Recently defeated claims in securities lawsuit to enjoin client’s major investment in biotech company, resulting in dismissal of case with prejudice.
  • Successfully defended $100 million trademark infringement lawsuit for client Dropbox, Inc., obtaining summary judgment on the eve of trial. Currently representing client in Ninth Circuit appeal.
  • Successfully defended $500 million commercial lawsuit for financial institution client, obtaining complete summary judgment victory.
  • Advising various financial services and commodity companies in complex commodity and derivatives investigations.
  • Representing financial institution in $100 million commercial lawsuit arising from failed credit card partnership.
  • Obtained dismissal of numerous putative class action lawsuits against financial institution clients.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of indigent client bringing § 1983 excessive force claims against police officer after client was shot during routine arrest, resulting in substantial settlement.
  • Representation of client wrongfully convicted of murder bringing §1983 claims against individual and municipal defendants for failing to turn over exculpatory evidence.

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Senior Trial Attorney (2014-2018)