Nicole Chessari is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of its Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense group, with a focus on working with technology companies. Ms. Chessari specializes in representing Audit Committees, Special Committees, companies, and individuals in connection with internal investigations and government investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, FINRA, and FinCEN relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, revenue recognition, fraud, and other potential violations of the law. Ms. Chessari also specializes in defending companies, directors, and executives against securities class actions, derivative lawsuits, and M&A litigation and representing companies and individuals in commercial litigation.

In addition to litigation and investigative work, Ms. Chessari regularly advises clients regarding various pre-litigation disputes in an effort to avoid litigation and/or minimize potential exposure.

Ms. Chessari is a contributing blogger to Goodwin’s Digital Currency Perspectives, a blog relating to current legal and technological developments in digital currency. Her posts include Could Virtual Currencies be the Future of Payment Systems?





Ms. Chessari has represented a variety of clients, ranging from large public technology and pharmaceutical companies to start ups and individuals. She has represented clients in actions brought in state and federal courts throughout the country involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and violations of state and federal law.

Ms. Chessari’s representative matters include:

  • Trulia, Inc. – Defense of Trulia and its board of directors in shareholder class action lawsuits in California and Delaware state courts challenging and seeking to enjoin $3.5 billion acquisition of Trulia by Zillow, Inc.
  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – Defense of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. board of directors in shareholder class action lawsuit in California state court for breach of fiduciary duty claims in connection with $10.4 billion acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. by Amgen, Inc.
  • A Public Technology Company – Conducted internal investigation concerning a variety of complex accounting issues relating to revenue recognition. Self-reported to the Securities & Exchange Commission, which decided to take no action.*
  • A Public Pharmaceutical Company – Represented client in connection with four-plus year investigation conducted by the Securities & Exchange Commission and Department of Justice, concerning a variety of complex accounting issues and alleged FCPA violations, in the U.S. and abroad.*
  • A Public Technology Company – Conducted internal investigation concerning potential insider trading. Represented client in subsequent investigation into potential insider trading by the Securities & Exchange Commission and FINRA and advised client on remedial measures.*
  • Coinstar, Inc. (now Outerwall, Inc.) – Defense of Coinstar and its executives in defense of shareholder class action and derivative lawsuits in Washington Federal court alleging securities law violations and breach of fiduciary duties resulting from missed projections and related public disclosures. We successfully moved to dismiss the class action complaint and achieved a favorable settlement in the derivative matter.*
  • Rambus, Inc. – Represented Rambus and certain of its directors and executives in defense of various shareholder lawsuits in California federal and state court, resulting in a full dismissal which was affirmed on appeal in one matter and a favorable settlement in another matter.*
  • Cypress Semiconductor Corporation – Represented Cypress in defense of a shareholder class action lawsuit in Delaware state court challenging and seeking to enjoin Cypress’ proposed acquisition of Ramtron. We successfully defeated a preliminary injunction motion, which allowed the deal to close as scheduled. *

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin Procter.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2014, Ms. Chessari was an associate with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, Calif. While in law school, she was a judicial law extern for the law and motion department of the Yolo County Superior Court in Woodland, Calif.


Ms. Chessari was a staff editor of the Business Law Journal at UC Davis. While in law school, she also received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Securities Regulations II and in Pretrial Skills, and she was a member of the Trial Practice Honors Board.

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J.D., 2008
University of California, Davis
B.A., 2004
University of California, San Diego





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