Valerie Haggans, a counsel in the firm's Litigation Department, focuses her practice on white collar crime and government investigations. Ms. Haggans joined Goodwin in 2008.

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Ms. Haggans has represented corporate entities and individuals in criminal and civil investigations and litigation, SEC actions and commercial litigation matters. Recent representations include:

  • Wegelin & Co., the world’s oldest private Swiss bank, in defending against criminal tax challenges from the DOJ, IRS and U.S. Attorney’s Office that the bank assisted U.S. clients in evading their tax obligations. United States v. Wegelin & Co., 12 Cr. 2 (S.D.N.Y.). Prepared for multiple presentations to the government regarding factual and legal aspects of the case, drafted portions of Wegelin’s sentencing submission, and led a team of dozens of Goodwin Procter and Wegelin attorneys in Zurich, Switzerland, in an effort to respond to government document demands.
  • An institutional client in connection with an SEC investigation arising out of a whistleblower letter. After nearly two years of negotiation, Goodwin was able to persuade the SEC not to pursue the investigation and issue the client a letter confirming that the investigation would be formally closed.
  • A public company in a securities class action alleging misleading statements during earnings calls, mischaracterization of revenue and overbilling of customers.
  • A former officer of Standard & Poor’s in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations into the rating agency’s conduct, including in the case United States v. McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. et al., 2:13 cv. 779 (C.D.Ca.).
  • Traders at two separate international financial institutions in connection with global investigations into the LIBOR and foreign exchange market scandals. Prepared the clients for government and institutional interviews and coordinated with joint defense groups.
  • Multiple institutional clients in connection with the public pension fund pay-to-play investigations being conducted by the New York Attorney General’s Office, the SEC, the New Mexico U.S. Attorney’s Office and various other state regulators.
  • A large financial institution and mortgage issuer in commercial litigation arising out of the issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities. Took depositions, drafted sections of briefing on discovery issues as well as dispositive motions, and conducted offensive fact investigation.
Professional Activities

Ms. Haggans is a member of the New York Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council.

Professional Experience

In addition to her other client work, Ms. Haggans has been actively involved in a variety of pro bono representations while at the firm, including representing an indigent criminal defendant in appeal of his death sentence in Alabama state court since 2008.

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J.D., 2008
New York University School of Law
B.A., 2005
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

(with highest distinction)



New York
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