Annie Railton is a partner in Goodwin’s Securities Litigation + White Collar Defense Group. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, including conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporate entities and representing companies and individuals in connection with government investigations and prosecutions. Her experience includes federal criminal and civil trials, investigations, and complex business and financial litigation. Ms. Railton joined Goodwin in 2008.




Ms. Railton represents individuals and entities in a variety of white collar criminal matters, securities litigations, and complex civil litigation. Her recent representations include:

  • W. Carl Reichel, the former president of Warner Chilcott, in defending against criminal anti-kickback allegations in United States v. Reichel, 15 Cr 10324 (D. Mass.). Mr. Reichel was acquitted in June 2016, in a widely reported victory following a month-long jury trial.
  • Former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma against criminal and SEC allegations of insider trading. Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Martoma participated in the largest-ever insider trading case, committing securities fraud by trading on shares of two pharmaceutical companies using non-public information, resulting in over $276 million in gains.
  • Wegelin & Co., the world’s oldest private Swiss bank, in conducting an internal investigation and defending against criminal tax challenges from the DOJ, IRS and the U.S. Attorney’s Office that the bank assisted U.S. clients in evading their tax obligations.
  • Jon Paul Rorech, a Deutsche Bank trader, in SEC v. Rorech, et al., 09 Cv 4329 (S.D.N.Y.), the first-ever insider trading case involving credit default swaps. In June 2010, after a month-long bench trial, the Court dismissed all charges against Mr. Rorech.
  • Various individuals and entities in investigations conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office and the New York State Office of the Attorney General.
Professional Activities

Ms. Railton is a member of the Federal Bar Council and the New York City Bar Association. She is also actively involved with the National Association of Women Lawyers and the Women’s White Collar Defense Association.

Professional Experience

In 2013-2014, Ms. Railton gained significant trial experience during a six-month secondment with the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office, where she served as an Assistant District Attorney. During this time, Ms. Railton prosecuted numerous felony cases on behalf of the State of New York, including several jury trials and evidentiary hearings.

Ms. Railton also has an active pro bono practice, representing individuals and entities in a variety of federal and state matters.  Her representations have included the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Rivera v. Illinois and a New York State inmate in a lawsuit filed against the State for abuse suffered while incarcerated.


While attending law school, Ms. Railton was a Student Articles Development Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change.

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J.D., 2008
New York University School of Law
B.A., 2004
New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study

(magna cum laude)



New York


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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