Mary Ellen Powers' practice focuses on complex civil litigation and criminal, regulatory, and congressional investigations. She has represented clients in toxic tort litigation, as well as civil litigation arising under RICO, the Antiterrorism Act, and the Alien Tort Claims Act. She also has represented corporations in connection with government investigations arising under the USA PATRIOT Act, the FCPA, and securities and bank regulatory laws, among others.
Mary Ellen's recent representations include: Mattel in congressional investigations relating to toys containing trace levels of lead in paint, a pedal manufacturer in congressional and NHTSA investigations into recalled Toyota vehicles, the owner of a Macau bank in challenging measures imposed by the Department of the Treasury under Section 311 of the Patriot Act, and a major Middle Eastern construction company in defense of civil claims brought under the Antiterrorism Act, RICO, and the Alien Tort Claims Act. She is currently defending IBM against personal injury, property damage, and medical monitoring claims relating to vapor intrusion and groundwater contamination and has in the past successfully defended IBM in a high-profile four-month jury trial of claims by employees that workplace exposures caused cancer.
Mary Ellen is Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's European operations. She has served as a member of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee and as a lecturer in trial advocacy at the George Washington University National Law Center.
Saudi corporations and individuals prevail in Second Circuit in multi-district tort litigation relating to September 11, 2001 attacks
Banco Delta Asia challenges Treasury Departments Section 311 designation under USA PATRIOT Act
IBM wins defense verdict in San Jose workers' toxic tort litigation case
Honors & Distinctions
Law360 Female Powerbrokers (2013) InsideCounsel Transformative Leadership Awards (2010) National Law Journal, Washington's Most Influential Women Lawyers (2010) Legal 500 (2015): recommended for litigation - toxic tort Best Lawyers in America (2016): commercial litigation, litigation - environmental, litigation - regulatory enforcement