R. Todd Cronan

R. Todd Cronan

Partner Co-Chair, Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense
R. Todd Cronan

R. Todd Cronan is a senior partner in Goodwin’s Litigation Department and co-chair of its Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense Group. He also has been a member of the Executive Committee of the firm.

Mr. Cronan has a national business litigation and corporate investigative practice, concentrating in the areas of securities class action defense, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, M&A related litigation, and complex business litigation and arbitration matters. He also regularly advises boards of directors on strategies to avoid disruptive and costly litigation and provides training sessions for clients on corporate governance issues.


Mr. Cronan has been selected for inclusion in the Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations category in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, for “his acclaimed practice with expertise ranging from SEC investigations and securities class action defense to complex business litigation and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.” He is also listed in Global Investigations Review 100, a guide to the world’s leading firms for corporate investigations, and as one of the world’s leading white collar crime lawyers by Euromoney’s Expert Guides: White Collar Crime Lawyers.

Areas of Practice


Mr. Cronan has represented NASD and NYSE listed corporations in a wide range of disputes arising under the federal securities laws and state laws governing the fiduciary duties of corporate directors and officers. He has extensive experience representing public companies and individual directors and officers facing SEC investigations and government enforcements actions. His experience includes cases alleging insider trading, false and misleading disclosures, improper revenue recognition and other accounting irregularities, and breaches of fiduciary duty. 

Mr. Cronan has extensive experience conducting internal investigations for public companies, audit committees and other special board committees, including investigations into whistleblower complaints arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Act and investigations arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This experience includes investigations relating to revenue recognition treatment, accounting for derivative instruments, domestic and international tax treatment of subsidiary operations, and the adequacy of the client’s internal control structures. In the FCPA context, Mr. Cronan has overseen investigations for clients with operations in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Russia, the Ukraine and Germany. 

In the private company area, Mr. Cronan has represented boards of directors and special committees involved in disputes over stock valuation and employee buyouts; private equity firms in disputes over leveraged recapitalizations and other refinancings; and investment funds in disputes over ownership interests and profit participation interests.



J.D., 1983
Harvard Law School

(cum laude)

B.A., 1980
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs





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