Education

  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 2007, summa cum laude)
  • Stanford Law School (J.D., 2011)

Admissions

  • Delaware and Virginia
  • Not admitted to practice in the District of Columbia; supervised by principals of the Firm
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Virginia

Libbey Van Pelt practices in the Firm’s Complex Litigation, Investigations, White Collar Defense, Pharmaceutical Products, and Toxic Torts & Products Liability groups.  She is a former federal prosecutor with broad litigation and trial experience.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation claims and disputes, and white collar defense and investigations.  She also has an emphasis on construction and engineering litigation involving breach of contract and business tort claims, as well as indemnity claims for catastrophic events involving chemical plants and industrial processing facilities.

Before joining the Firm, Ms. Van Pelt was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, where she led complex federal grand jury investigations and prosecutions, first-chaired jury trials involving multiple expert witnesses, argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and handled investigations and prosecutions involving federal fraud, military export controls, and national security.

Ms. Van Pelt clerked for Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Ms. Van Pelt earned her law degree from Stanford Law School, where she was an editor of the Stanford Law Review and Stanford Law & Policy Review, moot court semi-finalist, and trial advocacy teaching assistant.  She also served as a law clerk to the District Attorney for Santa Clara County, California, where she handled evidentiary hearings and argued motions in felony cases.  She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has interned in the U.S. Senate and in the Office of the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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