Meghan K. Spillane

Meghan K. Spillane

Partner
Meghan K. Spillane

Meghan Spillane is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Securities Litigation + White Collar Defense Group. She focuses her practice 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 investigations, securities class actions and derivative suits, SEC actions, and complex business and financial litigation matters. 

Before joining Goodwin in 2008, Ms. Spillane taught at Public School 48 in Bronx, New York as part of the Teach for America program.

Experience

Ms. Spillane has represented individuals and entities in a variety of white collar criminal investigations, securities litigations, and complex civil litigations, including the defense of:

  • The CFO of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in a civil securities litigation in the Southern District of New York, alleging that the company’s disclosures relating to the criminal investigation of its off- label promotion of certain drugs violated the securities laws.
  • A Fortune 500 company under investigation for potential environmental crimes by federal and state authorities.
  • Former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma against criminal and SEC allegations of insider trading. Prosecutors alleged that 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.
  • Countrywide Financial Corporation and Countrywide Home Loans in connection with a FIRREA and False Claims Act case filed against Bank of America and Countrywide arising out of the sale of mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This was the first case to go to trial applying FIRREA to issues arising from the credit crisis, and, on appeal, the Second Circuit directed judgment be entered dismissing all claims against our clients.
  • The former CEO of a Fortune 30 health care company in connection with an investigation by the SEC relating to alleged fraudulent disclosure and insider trading violations. After engaging in an extensive Wells process, no charges of any kind were brought against our client.
  • A number of individuals under investigation by various criminal and regulatory agencies into allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, price-fixing, corporate governance violations and bribery of public officials.
Professional Activities

Ms. Spillane serves as the co-chair of the New York Council of Goodwin’s Women’s Initiative and is a member of Goodwin’s Junior Associate Attorney Development Committee. Ms. Spillane is also a member of the Federal Bar Council, the American Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association.

Professional Experience

In 2012, Ms. Spillane 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, she prosecuted numerous felony cases on behalf of the State of New York, including several jury trials and evidentiary hearings.

Ms. Spillane also has an active pro bono practice, representing indigent criminal defendants in a variety of state and federal matters. For example, since 2008, she has been actively involved in the representation of a criminal defendant in the appeal of his death sentence in Alabama state court.

Recognition

Ms. Spillane was recognized as a “Rising Star” among White Collar Defense practitioners by Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016. While attending law school, Ms. Spillane was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, an editor on the Fordham Moot Court Board and a member of the Stein Scholars program.

Credentials

Education

J.D., 2008
Fordham University School of Law

(magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)

M.S., Education, 2005
Fordham University
B.A., 2003
Georgetown University

(cum laude)

Admissions

Bar

New York

Courts

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