MORGAN LINDSAY helps clients navigate the complexities of regulatory environments. As a member of the Transportation group, her practice focuses primarily on representing freight railroads in matters before the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and federal courts.
As a large part of her transportation practice, Morgan represents Class I railroads. She advises her clients on a variety of regulatory topics, including STB and Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) precedent, STB and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations and guidance, preemption under the ICC Termination Act (ICCTA) and the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA), abandonment proceedings, rate and demurrage disputes, disputes between rail carriers, petitions and comments related to proposed STB rulemakings and agency hearings, and federal court review of agency action.
Morgan represents clients in other regulatory spaces, as well—including telecommunications matters before federal courts and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to topics such as agency regulations and guidance, rate investigations and challenges, and disputes between telecommunications companies.
Earlier in her practice, Morgan represented a variety of corporate clients in white-collar matters related to government investigations, internal investigations, and qui tam litigation. Her white-collar experience has included large-scale Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations of pharmaceutical companies for alleged kickbacks and violations of the False Claims Act (FCA); a DOJ Consumer Protection branch investigation related to alleged misbranding and adulteration of health care products; federal investigations involving Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) violations and wire fraud; and a state government investigation alleging bribery of public officials. In addition, Morgan has helped a client successfully obtain the dismissal of two qui tam actions alleging violations of federal and state false claims acts.
Morgan’s pro bono work includes years of seeking a new trial for an imprisoned individual before the D.C. Superior Court and D.C. Court of Appeals and providing as-needed legal advice to a rail safety non-profit organization. Morgan has previously staffed the D.C. Bar’s Landlord-Tenant Resource Center and assisted the D.C. Access to Justice Commission’s efforts to increase self-represented litigants’ access to the probate system in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Sidley, Morgan worked on a wide variety of civil and criminal matters at both the federal trial and appellate levels during her clerkships on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, as well as her judicial externship for then-Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Morgan is based out of Sidley’s Los Angeles office but continues to work closely with her colleagues in Washington, D.C., where she was based for four years.