Emily Unger

Emily S. Unger

Emily S. Unger
+1 617 570 8273

Emily Unger is a senior associate in the firm’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolutions practice and is a member of the firm’s Investigations and FCPA Sector group. Her practice involves a broad range of internal and government investigations and complex business disputes and litigation, with a focus on criminal and civil government investigations, internal corporate investigations, enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), securities class actions, and whistleblower matters. Her clients include public and private healthcare, life sciences, and technology companies and their boards, officers, and directors, private equity and venture capital firms and their directors, and colleges and universities. 

Emily has worked on dozens of internal and government investigations for companies, universities, boards of directors, and special board committees concerning allegations of securities fraud, healthcare fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), workplace misconduct, revenue recognition treatment, and other accounting issues. She has represented clients before state and federal regulators, including the Department of Justice (DOJ) and SEC, and has advised clients on all aspects of self-reporting decisions, government investigations, and remediation that may ensue as a result of internal investigation findings.

Emily has also defended corporate and individual clients in a variety of disputes, including litigation alleging violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and federal and state securities laws. Emily has represented numerous clients in responding to inquiries from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the SEC.


Emily’s recent representation’s include:

  • Represented a global technology company in relation to civil False Claims Act qui tam litigation and criminal investigations by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the US Department of Justice, National Security Division relating to contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, and allegations of contract and immigration fraud, and ITAR violations relating to the engineering work of back office employees in Russia
  • Represented a biotech startup  in an investigation regarding numerous whistleblower complaints alleging misconduct by senior management and alleged FDA and securities fraud in recent fundraising rounds.
  • Represented the CEO of a biotechnology company  in defending claims brought by a competitor, including claims for tortious interference with contract and advantageous business relations, misappropriation of trade secrets, and conspiracy, based on allegations that the CEO conspired to terminate the competitor’s contract with a third party.
  • Represented one of North America’s largest truckload freight transportation providers  in connection with U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations concerning securities fraud and related matters involving our client’s financial statements. The Goodwin team successfully resolved the DOJ criminal investigation on behalf of our client by negotiating a deferred prosecution agreement that enables the company to avoid a criminal conviction, and which allows restitution to be paid over five years and requires payment in any interim year only if the company reaches certain financial thresholds. The company was not required to pay any criminal fine or have a monitor imposed, and Goodwin was able to simultaneously resolve related claims with the SEC without paying any additional financial penalties.
  • Successfully defended global  luxury hospitality company in arbitration involving breach-of-contract claims totaling over $300 million. After a week-long evidentiary hearing, the arbitration panel denied claimant any monetary relief and ordered claimant to pay all of client’s legal fees.
  • Represented in an arbitration an international venture capital  firm that had raised over $6 billion in capital in a proceeding in which a former Managing Director brought multi-million dollar claims against the client.
  • Won dismissal with prejudice of securities class action under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 against clinical stage company focused on developing non-statin LDL-C lowering therapies and certain of its officers and directors.
  • Won dismissal with prejudice for health care SaaS company , its CEO and CFO, of securities fraud class action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Plaintiffs alleged false and misleading statements and omissions under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in connection with missing quarterly revenue guidance.

Emily has also been actively involved in pro bono matters, including representation of numerous clients in immigration proceedings.


Professional Activities


Emily is a member of the Boston Bar Association.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Emily served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Gene E. K. Pratter of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

During law school, she also served as a note editor for the Boston University Law Review.




Boston University School of Law

(cum laude)


Vanderbilt University

(magna cum laude)


Hon. Gene E. K. Pratter (Inter, USDC, E.D. Pa.)



  • Massachusetts

Recognition & Awards

Emily was recognized by Best Lawyers as part of the 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America.


Emily's recent publications include:

She is a contributor to Goodwin's Securities Snapshot, a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting important securities litigation news.

Emily’s speaking engagements include: