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Deborah J. Krabbendam

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Deborah handles complex contract disputes and other matters for clients in the technology, financial services, insurance, public utility and healthcare industries, as well as for major law firms. She represents both companies and individuals in litigation, compliance matters, and government or internal investigations pertaining to the securities laws, the False Claims Act, and other laws governing transactions which directly or indirectly implicate the public sector. She sees teamwork with clients as essential; she works to understand their business concerns as well as the legal issues they face.
 

Deborah handles complex contract disputes and other matters for clients in the technology, financial services, insurance, public utility and healthcare industries, as well as for major law firms. She represents both companies and individuals in litigation, compliance matters, and government or internal investigations pertaining to the securities laws, the False Claims Act, and other laws governing transactions which directly or indirectly implicate the public sector. She sees teamwork with clients as essential; she works to understand their business concerns as well as the legal issues they face.
 

As part of Conrad O’Brien’s risk management and compliance practice group, Deborah works with technology companies to develop and monitor internal programs to ensure compliance with competitive bidding and gift rule requirements under the federal E-rate (Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism) program, the largest source of technology funding for K-12 schools in the United States. Her responsibilities include working closely with inside legal, compliance and business personnel to support business development and monitor compliance; planning and oversight of internal audits; employee and third party training; and advocacy to federal regulators on unsettled legal issues. A client who has worked with Deborah for many years states that she provides “balanced, reasonable, fact-based advice around not just the purely ‘legal’ elements of the program, but also around how to most effectively drive sales and marketing campaigns with practical controls. She is insightful to industry trends, internal political/personality elements within her clients' companies, how to best develop programs that maximize sales and marketing agility, and organized and productive to an incredible degree.”

representative matters

  • Represented a global technology company in litigation arising from alleged problems with a multi-million dollar computer installation.
  • Represented a global technology company in Texas state court litigation arising out of our client’s membership in a consortium formed to complete a federally funded project. Other consortium members claimed they were denied payment due to alleged wrongdoing by our client. We filed a motion for summary judgment, the trial court granted it from the bench in May 2014, and the Texas Court of Appeals affirmed in January 2016. The Texas Supreme Court denied plaintiffs' petition for review.
  • Represent a major insurer, a long-standing Conrad O’Brien client, in class actions arising out of an alleged failure to provide insurance discounts mandated under state law.
  • Represent another major insurer and an affiliated broker-dealer in litigation involving ERISA, fraud, and other claims arising from the sale of insurance products to fund employee welfare benefit plans.
  • Represented a physician in a multi-faceted investigation under federal regulations governing research integrity.
  • Represented a small business in litigation after a promised acquisition fell through.
  • Provide advice and representation on insurance coverage issues
  • Provided advice and counsel to a major health care system in a dispute with its health insurance provider regarding whether a newly introduced insurance product, as designed and marketed, complied with the parties’ contracts and the law 

When she’s not working, Deborah loves to travel and spends as much time as possible outdoors, backpacking, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, or riding her bike. She is certified as a Wilderness First Responder by the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medicine Institute.

speaking engagements

Current Issues in D&O Coverage: Changes in the Coverage Landscape, ABA Internal Corporate Investigations and Forum for In-House Counsel.

What Every Transactional Lawyer Needs to Know About Doing Business With the Public Sector, DELVACCA In-House Counsel Conference.

Deborah and her colleagues have developed an officer training program, looking at the responsibilities of corporate officers through the lens of highly publicized scandals and disasters. If you would be interested in having this program offered at your company, contact Deborah.