Meghan K. Spillane

Meghan K. Spillane

Meghan K. Spillane

Meghan Spillane, a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Securities Litigation + White Collar Defense Group, focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, and complex business and financial litigation. Her experience includes federal criminal and civil investigations, securities class actions and derivative suits, SEC actions, and complex civil 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.


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.
  • 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 in connection with the sale of mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • 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.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of CreXus Investment Corp., a REIT, in multiple shareholder class actions and derivative suits brought in New York and Maryland challenging the $1 billion acquisition of CreXus by Annaly Capital Management, Inc. Successfully won dismissal of all pending lawsuits in both courts; the Maryland ruling is now cited as the leading national case on M&A law for REITs.
Professional Activities

In addition to her other client work, Ms. Spillane represents indigent criminal defendants on a pro bono basis in a variety of state and federal matters. Most recently, she second-chaired a criminal jury trial before the Honorable Vernon S. Broderick in the Southern District of New York. Since 2008, Ms. Spillane has also been actively involved in the representation of a criminal defendant in the appeal of his death sentence in Alabama state court.

Ms. Spillane is 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 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 was named as a New York Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2015. While attending law school, Ms. Spillane was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal and an editor on the Fordham Moot Court Board.



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)



New York


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