Bill Harrington is a seasoned trial lawyer and appellate advocate. He focuses his practice on the financial and healthcare industries. Chambers USA describes Mr. Harrington as “an extremely quick study with a great mastery of complex detail and a lot of savvy,” “very smart, capable and trustworthy,” and as a lawyer who has “great style and manner with both client and with juries.” Before he joined Goodwin in 2012, Mr. Harrington served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where he focused on corruption and fraud prosecutions. Mr. Harrington also formerly served as co-chair of Goodwin’s Pro Bono Committee. He currently co-heads Goodwin’s Financial Services Sector group and its Government Enforcement and False Claims Act Defense Working group.





Representative Matters



Life Sciences and Health Care Matters

His experience in healthcare matters includes representing companies and senior executives in cases involving federal healthcare fraud, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, and the Stark Act.

Representative matters include:

  • Winning an acquittal at a jury trial for the former president of Warner Chilcott, a pharmaceutical company investigated for illegal marketing
  • Representing a doctor in a DOJ kickback investigation
  • Representing a doctors group in a DOJ kickback investigation related to a hospital joint venture
  • Representing a hospital network in a DOJ False Claims Act Investigation related to billing for mental health services
  • Representing private equity companies under investigation for their investments and oversight of healthcare companies
  • Representing a provider of nursing education services in connection with a kickback case that was dismissed after motion by the DOJ supporting dismissal
  • Representing pharmaceutical and durable medical equipment companies in non-public DOJ investigations of billing practices, manufacturing processes, and sales strategies
  • Winning a dismissal for a durable medical equipment manufacturer in a False Claims Act suit alleging fraud in its sales distribution model
  • Designed compliance materials imposing safeguards around pharmaceutical company-sponsored events for non-U.S. doctors and hospital executives
Financial Services and Fintech Matters

Mr. Harrington has extensive experience in both consumer banking and investment banking investigations as well as fintech companies. These include criminal matters, False Claims Act litigations and civil matters.

Representative matters include:

  • An investment bank in the SEC inquiry of SPAC underwriting practices
  • An investment bank in a DOJ fraud investigation related to cannabis investments
  • A credit repair organization and various services providers in connection with deceit and abuse advertising claims brought by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
  • A personal loan, internet lender in litigation against multiple state AGs
  • Countrywide Home Loans in winning a no liability finding in a suit brought by DOJ alleging FIRREA and False Claims Act violations from the sale of mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
  • Two other financial institutions in similar DOJ investigations of mortgage origination practices, one of which resulted in a declination by the Department of Justice
  • Multiple current and former bank executives in benchmark antitrust and fraud investigations, including those related to the foreign exchange markets, U.S. treasury bonds, LIBOR, precious metals, and ISDAFIX
  • Broker-dealer executives in FSA, DOJ and SEC trading-fee probes
  • Bank executives in multiple mismarking investigations
  • A former state investigator in an investigation related to a New York State anti-corruption commission
  • Companies, senior executives, and hedge fund traders in insider trading investigations and prosecutions
  • Symphony Communication Services, a provider of encrypted communications systems, in regulatory matters related to the use of encrypted communications
  • CloudFlare, a website optimizer, in disputes with copyright holders over the scope of federal injunctive authority
  • GoFundMe, a crowdfunding platform, in sanctions compliance matters
Foreign Bribery and International Money Laundering

Mr. Harrington has extensive experience in foreign bribery allegations and international money laundering matters.

Representative matters include:

  • A cryptocurrency service provider in a DOJ Bank Secrecy Act investigation
  • A senior in-house bank lawyer in a Bank Secrecy Act DOJ investigation
  • An international transportation company in an internal investigation of bribery concerns related to Mexican tax audits
  • Senior executives of a South American construction company in an international accounting and bribery investigation related to Brazil’s Operation Car Wash
  • A Spanish sports team in bribery investigations
  • An athletic wear company in investigations related to the FIFA-bribery cases of sponsorship and advertising agreements
  • A senior human resources executive at an international bank in SEC investigations related to preferential hiring of the relatives of foreign government officials
  • Consumer product companies, energy company executives, financial institutions, construction company executives, and military contractors in both corporate internal and grand jury Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations
  • A travel company and consumer product companies in developing anti-corruption training materials, audits and policies
  • His matters have included those raising allegations of corruption or money laundering in Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Lebanon, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, and the Ukraine
Pro Bono

He represents indigent individuals as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York since 2013.  He served on the Second Circuit’s pro bono panel from 2014 to 2020.

Professional Experience

From 2007 through 2012, Mr. Harrington served as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, teaching a course covering the ethical and strategic considerations in exercising federal prosecutorial authority.

Mr. Harrington worked in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2006 through 2012. His prosecutions focused broadly on corruption and fraud cases. In his last two years at the S.D.N.Y., Mr. Harrington served as Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator, responsible for cases involving health care providers and pharmaceutical companies. His matters at the U.S. Attorney’s Office included:

  • The bribery scheme involving former New York State Senator Carl Kruger, New York State Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, two hospital CEOs, and a registered lobbyist
  • The conviction of investment adviser for embezzling tens of millions of dollars in client funds and defrauding clients through speculative securities investments
  • A Lebanon-based money-laundering organization that laundered tens of millions of dollars in fraud proceeds throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia
  • A bank employee’s scheme to mine bank computer systems, steal customer identities, and misappropriate millions of dollars in home mortgages
  • The conviction of the employee of a U.S. military contractor for accepting corrupt payments in Afghanistan
  • A scheme to commit access device fraud by using stolen identities, including information obtained by “phishing” financial institution and credit reporting agency data
  • The prosecution of retired Long Island Railroad workers in a widespread, billion dollar disability and health care fraud scheme
  • Federal program fraud, including fraudulent billing of Medicare and Medicaid and off-label marketing
  • Embezzlement from hospitals and healthcare organizations


Mr. Harrington has been widely recognized as a leading lawyer, including by:

  • Chambers USA 2022 for his work in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Litigation. His clients have referred to Mr. Harrington as a “brilliant trial lawyer who has a great demeanor with clients”
  • The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Criminal Defense: White-Collar 2022-2023
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers as a top white collar lawyer
  • LMG Life Sciences as a Star Individual in litigation and enforcement Super Lawyers as a top white collar lawyer
  • Super Lawyers as a top white collar lawyer
  • Benchmark Litigation as a 2021 Litigation Star in New York for his work in Commercial & White Collar Crime
  • Euromoney’s Expert Guides: White Collar Crime Lawyers as one of the world’s leading white collar crime lawyers
  • Global Investigations Review 100 as a highly regarded investigator

At Yale Law School, Mr. Harrington earned the Potter Stewart Prize (Best Team) in the Morris Tyler Moot Court competition and he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Journal of Law and Humanities.

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JD, 1999
Yale Law School
BA, 1995
Yale College
(magna cum laude)


1999-2000 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Honorable Sidney H. Stein
2001-2002 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Honorable Chester J. Straub



New York


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York





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