Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell is an experienced trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor who focuses on white collar investigations and government enforcement actions.

Based in the Washington, D.C. office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, she draws on her extensive understanding of all levels of the justice system to obtain global resolutions for her clients while minimizing their overall risks. Her work has included shareholder lawsuits, SEC and False Claims Act investigations, and investigations and litigation of violations of fiduciary duties for energy, life sciences, and financial services companies, as well as representing victims defrauded of hundreds of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme to trace and recover their assets.

Prior to her current private practice, Ms. Bell was Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where she provided high-level reviews of complex white collar fraud, money laundering, and public corruption investigations, and advised on prosecutorial decisions, resolutions, and public statements. As Acting Chief of Staff to the Assistant Attorney General, she managed the oversight of all 16 Criminal Division sections and supervised responses to congressional inquiries.

Ms. Bell also served as a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, where she directed investigations and prosecutions of public officials ranging from county executives to a former FBI special agent. As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Ohio, she specialized in police misconduct and human trafficking cases. Earlier in her career, as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Major Trial Division of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, in Ohio, she prosecuted 25 felony trials, including convicting a serial killer responsible for murdering 11 women.

Ms. Bell has been recognized by the Department of Justice with the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and the Attorney General Special Commendation Award. She is the author of the chapter "Corporate Cooperation: Benefits and Challenges" in International Comparative Legal Guide - Corporate Investigations 2021. Her pro bono work includes serving on the screening committee of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and researching Nigerian and Malian civil and customary family law for advocates of women seeking to enforce U.S. family law in insular communities.