As the Acting Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Branda oversees the largest litigating division in the Department of Justice. Each year, the Civil Division represents some 200 client agencies in approximately 50,000 different matters. The Civil Division represents the United States in a wide array of civil litigation, including challenges to Congressional statutes, Administration policies, and federal agency actions as well as federal benefit programs; commercial disputes including contract disputes, banking, insurance, patents, and debt collection; international trade matters; and enforcement of immigration laws. The Division safeguards the health and safety of Americans by defending cases related to national security and by enforcing criminal and civil statutes to protect the safety of food and medicines. Finally, the Civil Division recovers billions of dollars for taxpayers through affirmative litigation—its record-setting efforts under the False Claims Act, including cases targeting health care fraud, financial fraud, and fraud against the military, as well as its enforcement of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, and consumer protection statutes.
Prior to being named Acting Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Branda served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division, which both brings claims on behalf of the United States and defends claims brought against the government. These cases include False Claims Act and its qui tam provisions as well as actions under FIRREA, federal contract, grant and loan disputes; bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings; international trade; and patent and copyright infringement. Under her leadership, the Branch helped secure some of the largest fraud settlements in the Department’s history.
Ms. Branda joined the Department in 1980 and the Civil Division in 1982, servings first as a Trial Attorney, then as Assistant Director, as Deputy Director, and then as Director of the Fraud Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch. She then served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Commercial Litigation Branch. Throughout her time in the Fraud Section, Ms. Branda focused on investigation and litigation of cases alleging fraud against the government. In her 34 years of public service, she has helped protect and advance the public interest by recovering billions of taxpayer dollars and holding accountable those who have defrauded the treasury. She has received a Presidential Meritorious Executive Award as well as the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department’s highest award.
Early in her career, Ms. Branda served as a member of the clinical teaching staff at the University of Maryland School of Law and later as a litigation associate with Frank, Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman in Baltimore.
Ms. Branda graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Maryland School of Law and from Tufts University.