Louis P.Gabel (Louie)


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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 currently represents businesses and individuals in high-stakes matters involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and possible violations of federal law, including the Taft-Hartley Act, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, and False Claims Act.

Louie frequently appears before boards of directors and audit committees and advises senior leadership on potential civil and criminal matters. He also has led investigations of alleged misconduct by senior executives and high-ranking officials at public institutions.

Before joining Jones Day, Louie was an Assistant United States Attorney in Detroit where he prosecuted cases involving multimillion dollar securities fraud, telemarketing fraud, money laundering, bribery, public corruption, embezzlement, identity theft, federal racketeering (RICO), and criminal tax violations. In that role, Louie successfully prosecuted national leaders of a violent motorcycle club, one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in Michigan history, international gun traffickers, and corrupt Detroit police officers. He also has successfully briefed and argued multiple appeals before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

From 2012 through 2013, Louie was the DOJ's Resident Legal Advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh where he helped revise Bangladesh's Anti-Terrorism Act, trained prosecutors and investigators from the Bangladesh Central Bank, and trained judges from several South Asian countries on antiterrorism.

The federal bench recently appointed Louie to chair the Local Rule Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of Michigan — a committee of lawyers who advise federal judges on revisions to the local rules governing litigation.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Experian resolves class action FCRA lawsuitJones Day client Experian Information Solutions, Inc. resolved a class action lawsuit brought by a plaintiff alleging that Experian violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by inaccurately reporting outstanding civil judgments when those judgments had been satisfied.
  • Baptist Memorial Health Care defends nurse compensation antitrust class actionJones Day represented Baptist Memorial Health Care in the defense of an antitrust class action lawsuit alleging its involvement in a conspiracy with competing hospitals to suppress nurse compensation.
  • Abbott and TAP Pharmaceutical defend against Average Wholesale Price (AWP) litigationJones Day clients Abbott Laboratories and TAP Pharmaceutical Products, along with virtually the entire pharmaceutical industry, have been the subject of civil litigation alleging that drug manufacturers falsely reported the "average wholesale price," or "AWP," for various drugs in order to inflate the reimbursement paid by government and private payors for those drugs.
  • Industrial energy company conducts internal investigation of potential FCPA violations in China and creates anticorruption compliance programJones Day represented an industrial energy company before the Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Securities Exchange Commission ("SEC") with respect to the voluntary disclosure of allegedly improper payments made to government officials in China.
  • HCA defends antitrust class action over compensation for registered nursesJones Day defended HCA, Inc. against antitrust class action litigation brought by registered nurses alleging a conspiracy to fix nurses' wages.
  • Ascension Health defends antitrust class action lawsuits related to nurse compensationJones Day defended Ascension Health and two health system subsidiaries against antitrust class action lawsuits alleging conspiracies with competing hospitals to suppress nurse compensation.
  • Industrial services company seeks advice on disclosures to the SEC and DOJ under the FCPAJones Day advised an industrial services company on their disclosure to the Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") regarding potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") discovered in the South Africa operations of a newly-acquired business.
  • AlliedSignal and Breed Technologies settle multi-million dollar accounting fraud litigation in FloridaJones Day represented Breed Technologies first, then AlliedSignal Recovery Trust, as plaintiff in a fraud action filed in Florida's Tenth Judicial Circuit Court in Polk County, Florida.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 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.
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