Lisa M. Phelan is Chief of the Washington Criminal I Section (formerly National Criminal Enforcement Section) of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. In that capacity, she supervises the investigation and litigation of major national and international criminal cartel and other white collar crime cases. She led her prosecution team in an operation to arrest and prosecute eight international executives in the Marine Hose Industry on price fixing charges, and the prosecution of Bridgestone Corporation on antitrust and Federal Corrupt Practices Act charges. During the past 5 years her office has lead prosecutions in the Auto Parts industry, including U.S. v Mitsubishi, U.S. v Panasonic and U.S. v Hitachi Corp., obtaining more than $2.5 billion in criminal fines and significant jail sentences for more than two dozen international executives. She led her team in the prosecution of Bristol Myers Squibb on false statement charges involving the heart drug Plavix. Ms. Phelan has led or supervised more than a dozen criminal antitrust trials, including several recent trials and convictions of coastal shipping executives and bus company owners in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sherman Act charges. She and her staff obtained the first-ever extradition of a foreign national executive on Sherman Act charges from Germany last year. Ms. Phelan regularly coordinates investigations with cartel enforcers around the globe. Prior to her appointment as Chief of National Criminal Enforcement in 2002, she was a senior criminal litigator at the Antitrust Division, leading the investigation and the trials of multinational corporations and their executives for price fixing and related crimes. Ms. Phelan has been a member of the American Bar Association, and was for five years a Vice Chair of the Criminal Practices and Procedures Committee of the Antitrust Section. She is currently a member of the ABA Antitrust Section’s International Cartel Task Force. Ms. Phelan is a frequent speaker at ABA conferences, International Cartel Network events, International Bar and Canadian Bar Association events, and to antitrust and law enforcement agencies around the globe. She is the co-author of an ABA treatise chapter on international cartel trials.
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