Louis P.Gabel (Louie)


Detroit + 1.313.230.7955

Louie Gabel, a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, handles sensitive internal investigations, government-facing litigation, and complex commercial disputes for major companies. He represents businesses and individuals in high-stakes matters involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and possible violations of federal and state law, including the False Claims Act, Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, Controlled Substances Act, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, Taft-Hartley Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act.

Louie represents clients in the automotive, health care, technology, aerospace, and education sectors in their most pressing litigation matters, proceedings before government agencies, and crisis management. He frequently appears before boards of directors and advises senior leadership on potential civil and criminal matters. Louie has led investigations of alleged misconduct by senior executives and high-ranking officials at public and private institutions.

Before joining Jones Day, Louie was an Assistant United States Attorney in Detroit where he prosecuted cases involving fraud, money laundering, bribery, public corruption, embezzlement, identity theft, and federal racketeering (RICO). In that role, Louie successfully tried numerous jury trials; led complex multi-agency investigations; and briefed and argued multiple appeals before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Louie also served as the DOJ's Resident Legal Advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh where he helped revise Bangladesh's Anti-Terrorism Act and trained prosecutors, judges, and investigators across South Asia.

Louie serves on the Local Rule Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is also the administrative and hiring partner for the Detroit Office.

Louie has been recognized by numerous publications, including Chambers USA (Band 1), Best Lawyers in America, and The American Lawyer.


  • Senior sports executive successfully navigates two investigations and retains employmentJones Day successfully counseled a senior sports executive throughout two separate internal investigations arising from allegations of workplace misconduct and other allegations of wrongdoing resulting in no action taken by league officials and the retention of the executive’s employment within the organization.
  • Professional sports executive cleared in misconduct investigationJones Day successfully represented a professional sports executive who was the subject of an investigation concerning his reporting and response to allegations of sexual harassment.
  • Multi-state health care system reaches settlement after DOJ investigationJones Day defended a hospital system in a DOJ investigation of a physician who had credentials at one of the system's hospitals and allegedly billed for procedures he did not perform on patients.
  • Neurosurgeon responds to False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Law investigationJones Day represents a neurosurgeon named in a qui tam action, alleging the surgeon violated the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Law.
  • Hospital system reaches settlement after DEA investigationJones Day represented one of the largest hospital systems in Michigan in connection with a multi-year DEA diversion investigation concerning potential violations of the Controlled Substances Act across multiple locations within the system.
  • Adient defends putative antitrust action alleging an unlawful boycott in the automotive seat cover industryJones Day is representing Adient plc in a putative antitrust action in which a Tier 2 supplier alleges that Tier 1 suppliers entered into an unlawful agreement with an OEM to refuse to purchase seat covers from the Tier 2 supplier.
  • Quicken Loans obtains treble damages against PPE supplier that stole funds intended to purchase N95 masks for donation to frontline healthcare workers and first respondersJones Day represented Quicken Loans LLC in a lawsuit against a company that contracted to provide N95 masks to Quicken Loans for donation to frontline healthcare workers and first responders.
  • GM partners with Ventec to manufacture ventilators in response to coronavirus pandemicJones Day is advising General Motors Company on the "Project V" partnership with Ventec Life Systems Inc. to mass produce ventilators needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Public official vindicated in Michigan Attorney General's criminal investigationJones Day defended a high-ranking public official in a multi-year criminal investigation conducted by the Michigan Attorney General's Office concerning allegations of corruption and destruction of public records.
  • Public company conducts investigation and seeks counseling on FCPA disclosures to DOJ and SECJones Day conducted an internal investigation concerning payments made to Customs officials in Mexico by employees of a Mexican subsidiary of a U.S.-based consumer goods company.
  • Hospital system conducts investigation of circumstances leading to criminal prosecution of employeeJones Day was retained by a multi-state health care system to conduct an investigation and advise the board regarding the practices of hospital staff and leadership regarding a sensitive issue that resulted in a criminal prosecution of an individual who worked at the hospital.
  • Public university conducts internal investigation of professor regarding allegations of financial impropriety and other irregularitiesJones Day conducted an internal investigation into the conduct of a professor at a public university, including allegations of potential violations of university policy in connection with the handling J-1 visa scholars.
  • Manufacturer receives “Not a Target” letter from DOJJones Day represented a manufacturer in a multi-year investigation related to widespread union corruption.
  • Auto supplier seeks advice in connection with potential trade secret theftJones Day advised an automotive supplier in connection with potential trade secret theft, including coordination and communication with the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • CEO of financial organization defends federal investigationJones Day represents the CEO of a financial organization in connection with a grand jury investigation into potential fraud in connection with life settlement contracts.
  • Manufacturer cleared in bribery investigationJones Day conducted an independent investigation regarding allegations that employees in a foreign operation of a U.S.-based manufacturer bribed witnesses in court proceedings.
  • Auto supplier conducts internal investigation of threats made against senior managerJones Day conducted an internal investigation on behalf of an automotive supply company regarding threats made to a senior manager, including remedial measures the company could take to ensure employee safety and prevent future incidents.
  • Manufacturer wins arbitration against former CEOJones Day successfully represented a manufacturer in its arbitration with its former CEO in which the CEO sought over $60 million in benefits or damages.
  • Quicken Loans defeats ECOA, FCRA allegations in class action complaintJones Day successfully defended Quicken Loans Inc. against allegations that it had run afoul of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).
  • Board of Trustees conducts internal investigation into allegations that football program covered up sexual assault incidentsJones Day was retained by the Board of Trustees of a national university to conduct an internal investigation into whether the university's Division 1 football program violated university policy and other laws by covering up incidents of sexual assault involving football players.
    • January 29, 2019
      Navigating High-Profile Disputes with Company Executives: Key Decision Points for In-House Counsel
    • January 15, 2019
      Internal Investigations: Key Considerations for Companies and Their Counsel
    • September 2014
      Investigating and Prosecuting International Money Laundering, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • April 15, 2014
      Second Annual Convention of the Office of the Kenyan Director of Public Prosecution - Prosecuting Complex Crimes
    • August 26-28, 2013
      SAARC Regional Judicial Conference on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
    • April 22-25, 2013
      Investigating and Prosecuting Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training
    • 2013
      Case Preparation and Trial Skills Training Program - U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training
    • March 2012
      E-Discovery Update 2012: ESI & the Government, Institute for Continuing Education Webcast
    • 2011
      Discovery Training for Federal Agents (FBI, ATF, DEA, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, IRS)
    • 2011
      Discovery Training for New AUSAs, U.S. Attorney's Office for the E.D. Mich.