How Brenda Helps Clients
Brenda is a trial attorney and litigator who represents clients in complex commercial litigation, including breach of contract disputes, government investigations and antitrust matters. Brenda also assists and advises clients on a wide range of employment law issues.
Prior to joining Buchanan, Brenda advised and defended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in employment litigation matters, handling cases and appeals before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in federal district court. She has extensive experience defending employers against claims brought under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
Brenda’s experience spans in and out of the courtroom - from conducting examinations in bench and jury trials, to taking depositions, to drafting and responding to complex motions. Brenda has also assisted clients in internal and external investigations, as well as mediation and settlement conferences.
Brenda is a recipient of five EPA Bronze Medal Awards recognizing her work on Congressional oversight matters, employment law training across the Agency and complex litigation. In law school, she received the Mooers Trophy for best student trial advocacy, the Alumni Award recognizing an outstanding contribution to the law school and the 15th Annual Hispanic Law Conference’s Premio Inspiración.
Prior to working at the EPA, Brenda was a Commercial Litigation Associate at an international firm in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, Brenda provided advice and representation in civil actions on a range of matters such as contract disputes, copyright and trademark issues, employment discrimination, and wage and hour matters. She also provided counseling to corporate clients on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance issues and internal investigations.
What Clients Can Expect
Brenda is a passionate advocate who enjoys bringing creative and effective solutions to clients. She knows that for many clients, victory is achieved outside of, and by avoiding, the courtroom. However, when clients choose, or are forced, to litigate, they can expect Brenda to work tirelessly to achieve a successful result. She believes successful representation includes a fundamental understanding and command of the issues and facts, in addition to truly understanding client business. She is detail-oriented and places great emphasis on clear and straightforward communication.
Outside the Office
Outside of the office, Brenda enjoys traveling internationally, cooking with (and for) her husband and family, and honing her karaoke talents (with a special emphasis on 80s classics).
- Advised and prepared former EPA Region 5 Administrator for testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform pertaining to the EPA’s role in the Flint, Michigan lead water crisis
- Successfully defended EPA against Office of Special Counsel investigation pursuant to the Whistleblower Protection Act
- Successfully first chaired bench trial in defamation/libel defense case for pro bono client
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2012, cum laude
Southern Methodist University, B.A., 2009, Journalism, French
- New York
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
American University Washington College of Law Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program