Renée Brooker joined Finch McCranie in 2017 after a distinguished career in the federal government spanning more than 25 years. Ms. Brooker has spent the better part of the last 19 years in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in a senior leadership position, and most recently as Assistant Director in Civil Frauds. She had significant responsibility evaluating companies’ compliance with the False Claims Act, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and enforcing those laws. Ms. Brooker was responsible for investigations, litigation, settlements, mediations, and trials involving the health care provider, pharmaceutical, defense, financial services, cigarette manufacturer, and higher education industries. Ms. Brooker’s strategic oversight of these matters led to sizeable Department of Justice recoveries and successes at trial. She received numerous high level awards, including the Attorney General’s award for fraud prevention.
Ms. Brooker has supervised some of the Civil Division’s highest stakes cases. She was the architect of the financial fraud cases under President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. Under her leadership, billions of dollars were recovered and financial institutions admitted wrongdoing. Ms. Brooker was a lead counsel in the Medicare and Medicaid drug pricing fraud litigation involving the pharmaceutical industry, in which the Justice Department recovered hundreds of millions of dollars. Further, she was a lead counsel in the successful 9 month civil RICO trial against the tobacco industry for decades of misleading the American public about the harmful effects of smoking. Ms. Brooker also handled financial litigation for the United States involving billions of dollars in alleged losses due to Congress’s enactment of FIRREA.
She graduated from Temple University in 1987 and Georgetown University Law Center in 1990. Upon graduation, Ms. Brooker was law clerk to Judge Noel Kramer in the District of Columbia. Immediately after her clerkship, she worked in the Office of General Counsel of the United States Department of Education where she was hired as part of an enforcement response to Congressional investigations of fraud in federal student aid programs affecting consumers and taxpayers. During this time, Ms. Brooker also acted as a special prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia handling criminal bench and jury trials, before joining the Justice Department.