Laurie Carr Mims has extensive experience litigating complex civil matters, including securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions. She has tried a variety of cases, including several as first chair. While Ms. Mims has represented institutional and individual clients from a wide range of industries, most of her clients are in the biotechnology and venture capital fields. She has also handled high-stakes matters involving the False Claims Act, breach of contract, fraud, trade secret theft, and copyright infringement, and has defended individuals in DOJ investigations and prosecutions. Ms. Mims has also represented corporations and their employees as victims and witnesses in federal prosecutions of mail and wire fraud, trade secret theft, and computer fraud and abuse.
Ms. Mims also has an active pro bono practice, through which she has represented indigent clients in criminal trials and habeas proceedings, and is active with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She recently represented the City of Pleasant Hill and Pleasant Hill City Council in defending its ordinance regulating firearm retailers. The ordinance requires a police permit, alarm system and security cameras for gun dealers, and restricts where new sellers can operate in relation to schools, day care centers, parks and residences. The restrictions were unsuccessfully challenged by gun dealers and a firearm trade group.