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Angela M. Machala is a partner at Scheper Kim and Harris specializing in the representation of companies and corporate executives in regulatory and white collar criminal investigations, as well as state and federal litigation.
In Ms. Machala's white collar practice, she has represented business entities, audit committees, independent directors, and corporate officers in federal grand jury, SEC, and other government investigations. In addition, Ms. Machala has extensive experience in conducting privileged internal investigations. Examples of recent representations include:
- Environmental. Recently co-led the successful defense of a Fortune 500 company being investigated for alleged criminal violations of the Clean Water Act, resulting in a non-prosecution agreement.
- Healthcare. Currently represents an employee of a medical billing company indicted for alleged billing fraud in an investigation by the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Represented several executives of a major health plan in state criminal investigation relating to Medi-Cal payments, and obtained across-the-board declinations. Also successfully represented executives of a leading bio-tech company in investigations related to False Claims Act and off-label drug promotion.
- Insider Trading. Currently represents individuals in SEC and DOJ investigations related to alleged insider trading.
- Antitrust. Represented executives in after-market auto parts and high-tech industries investigated for criminal price-fixing, resulting in no charges against her clients.
- FCPA. Currently represents employees of a high-tech manufacturer in an FCPA investigation led by the SEC.
- Defense Contractor Fraud. Represented an accomplished scientist in federal criminal investigation related to contracts with the Department of Interior.
- Internal Investigations. Concluded investigation for a Fortune 50 company related to allegations of criminal export control violations. Also conducted multiple internal investigations for a major health provider and a utility company related to allegations of kickbacks and other corporate impropriety.
In the civil arena, Ms. Machala recently secured summary judgment for a police union in a high profile First Amendment action in federal court. She also recently won dismissal of a case alleging breach of contract and fiduciary duty stemming from a dispute about an unfinished motion picture. She currently represents three current and former FBI agents in a Bivens action alleging First Amendment violations. Previously, she represented a frozen foods company in trade secret litigation against former executives of the company and their new employer. In addition, Ms. Machala has worked on significant matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professional Activities and Achievements
Ms. Machala is active in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and currently serves on both the Judicial Appointments Committee and the Litigation Section Executive Committee. Ms. Machala has also spoken as a panelist at both the ABA White Collar Crime National Institute and the NACDL West Coast White Collar Seminar. She was recognized as a "Southern California Rising Star" by SuperLawyers Magazine in 2013 and 2014.
Education and Clerkships
Ms. Machala graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1997 with a B.A. in Political Science. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001. After graduating from law school, Ms. Machala served as a law clerk for the Honorable Nora M. Manella in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and for the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Insider Trading: Theories of Liability, Common Defenses, and Recent Cases, The State Bar of California's Big News for Solo & Small Firms, Spring 2014, Vol. 20, Issue 2
Whistleblower Cases: Turning the Tables, The National Law Journal, November 12, 2007 (co-authored with Carolyn Kubota of O'Melveny & Myers LLP)