Cadene Russell Brooks represents clients in internal and government investigations, complex litigation, and white-collar defense matters. She focuses her practice on the False Claims Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as financial fraud, government contracting fraud and anti-discrimination matters involving the US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and inspector general offices. In addition, she counsels multinational companies in developing regulatory compliance programs and has conducted sensitive internal reviews into a variety of matters. Ms. Brooks is a member of WilmerHale’s Diversity Committee and was recently named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brooks served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. While a student at Howard University School of Law, she served as a law clerk in the Homicide Section of the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the US District Court for the District of Columbia. As a student attorney in Howard's Civil Rights Clinic, Ms. Brooks represented clients in Title VII employment discrimination and fair housing discrimination cases. She previously worked as a summer associate in the litigation and international trade practices of another prominent Washington DC law firm.

Community Involvement

  • Mentor, Maya Angelou Public Charter School
  • Member, Duke University Alumni Association Admissions Committee
  • Former Member, DukeDC, Board of Directors

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Employment and Professional Development Committee, Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC)
  • American Bar Association 
  • Women’s Bar Association


  • Successful representation of a global technology company in an investigation by the US Department of Justice concerning immigration matters
  • Represented a multinational pharmaceutical company in a False Claims Act investigation focusing on off-label marketing, anti-kickback and false claims allegations
  • Represented a global financial institution in connection with inquiries by the US Attorney's Office in qui tam False Claims Act litigation
  • Successful representation of an individual defendant facing criminal prosecution, resulting in dismissal of felony charges in state court


  • Award Text

    Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

    Criminal Defense: White Collar


  • Award Text

    Young Lawyer of the Year

    The Bar Association of the District of Columbia


  • Ms. Brooks is named one of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s 2018 Young Lawyers of the Year. Ms. Brooks was recognized for her professional and public legal service as a co-chair of the 2018 Generous Associates Campaign, which raised $2.15 million in support of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

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  • Education

    • JD, Howard University School of Law, 2015

      cum laude

      Editor-in-Chief, Howard Law Journal 

    • BA, Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University, 2010

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Virginia

    • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Carl E. Stewart, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2015 - 2016