Bridget Mayer Briggs
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Bridget Briggs concentrates her practice in corporate, white collar, and class action defense litigation. Ms. Briggs counsels clients in a wide variety of areas including class action defense, civil RICO, white collar defense, Bank Secrecy Act compliance, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, collateralized debt obligations, government contracts, civil and criminal forfeiture, breach of contract, fraud, and business torts. Ms. Briggs has successfully managed several document productions involving a large volume of electronic discovery. Ms. Briggs is an active member of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee, E-Discovery Committee, and Banking Initiative.
Prior to joining Blank Rome, Ms. Briggs clerked for two years for Judge Margaret B. Seymour of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. While in law school, Ms. Briggs was on the Managing Board for the Virginia Journal of International Law. Ms. Briggs also completed an internship at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania during that time.
- Successfully defeated class certification on behalf of a national bank in a consumer class action alleging RICO liability based on the bank’s alleged failure to properly monitor ACH transactions for telemarketing and Internet merchant consumers.
- Represented large national security company in multimillion dollar trade secrets dispute arising out of the award of a significant government contract from the U.S. Navy. The matter was successfully resolved on a confidential basis.
- Counsel for first Chief Compliance Officer threatened with individual liability for failure to adhere to Bank Secrecy Act requirements, resulting in a favorable settlement.
- Representation of client accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing an officer of a foreign financial institution in exchange for his influence in obtaining financing for significant transactions in the oil and gas field.
- Assisted professional sports team by conducting internal investigation on behalf of a client regarding potential involvement in a third-party’s charity scam.
- Counsel for major construction company in enforcement proceedings brought by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection based upon claims of defective construction, which avoided the filing of litigation.
- Representation of major insurance company in an insurance coverage dispute involving New Jersey’s loading and unloading doctrine, successfully capping coverage at $15,000 as opposed to the $1,000,000 policy limit.
- Obtained and successfully defended a default judgment for over $400,000 in a breach of contract and tortious interference with business relationships action.
- Successful representation of corporation in breach of contract and declaratory judgment action regarding a dispute over a sale of property underlying a commercial shopping mall involving a right of first refusal.
- Obtained dismissal of individual as a third-party defendant to a case based upon a lack of personal jurisdiction in case involving wrongful levy of an offshore trust.
- Obtained a favorable ruling as a matter of law on a petition to strike a judgment, avoiding costly discovery on the issue.
- Obtained a ruling on appeal that a court abused its discretion when it dismissed a complaint for fraud on the court.
PRO BONO REPRESENTATIONS
- Through administrative filings and extensive factual investigation, Ms. Briggs has secured Social Security disability benefits for multiple individual clients with severe mental health disorders.
- Representation of Pennsylvania’s first-ever convict exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence after serving more than ten years in state prison.
- Successfully obtained removal of signs from school district identifying exonerated client as a criminal.
- Ms. Briggs has helped several indigent clients prepare wills and other important end-of-life documents.
- Ms. Briggs is also a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates, the country’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency for children.