Annie Railton is a partner in Goodwin’s Litigation Department. She focuses her practice on government and internal corporate investigations, regulatory and enforcement proceedings, and complex commercial litigation, with a focus on the healthcare, life sciences and financial industries. She regularly represents companies and individuals before federal and state regulators, including the DOJ, SEC, FINRA, and various state attorneys general, and has conducted numerous internal corporate investigations for companies and their boards of directors.

Ms. Railton worked for several years on an independent monitoring team focusing on the domestic ethics program of one of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States. She also provides regulatory compliance counseling and advises companies on the development and implementation of appropriate risk management policies and procedures, including related to healthcare compliance, the False Claims Act, and insider trading. 

Ms. Railton is recommended for her corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice by The Legal 500 U.S. She has also been recognized as a Law360 White Collar “Rising Star” and named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List,” recognizing the most promising emerging talent in litigation.





Ms. Railton represents companies and individuals at all stages of investigations and litigation, including defending clients in several criminal and civil trials. She recently served as co-lead counsel in a federal criminal trial after which the judge praised “defense counsel’s excellent representation of the defendant throughout the case,” noting that “it’s plain that defense counsel did an extraordinary job, including making a successful motion to suppress, getting the count that the defendant had pleaded guilty to dismissed, and getting additional counts dismissed, either because the government couldn’t pursue them or the jury did not find them to be proven.”

Ms. Railton’s representative matters include:

Individual Representations

  • W. Carl Reichel, the former president of pharmaceutical company Warner Chilcott, in defending against criminal anti-kickback allegations brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. After a month-long jury trial, Mr. Reichel was acquitted in a widely-reported victory.
  • The former CEO of a behavioral healthcare organization in False Claims Act litigation brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a private relator.
  • Multiple individuals in connection with a False Claims Act investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the New York State Office of the Attorney General, relating to pharmaceutical sales and marketing practices.
  • An employee of a leading pharmaceutical design and manufacturing company in connection with a DOJ criminal healthcare fraud investigation.
  • Former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma in defending against criminal and SEC allegations of insider trading. Prosecutors alleged that Mr. 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.
  • Jon Paul Rorech, a Deutsche Bank trader, in an SEC enforcement action alleging the first-ever insider trading case involving credit default swaps. After a month-long bench trial, the Court dismissed all charges against Mr. Rorech.
  • A New York City tax preparer in defending against criminal tax fraud, identity theft, and related charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, culminating in a three-week jury trial.

Corporate Representations

  • A global biotech pharmaceutical company, a member of the Board of Directors, and company employees in an SEC investigation into insider trading in the company’s stock. Obtained termination letters from the SEC recommending no enforcement action.
  • A medical services company in connection with a DOJ False Claims Act investigation.
  • Two non-profit corporations and several employees and directors in criminal investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the New York State Office of the Attorney General involving possible corruption by New York State officials in connection with economic development efforts in upstate New York.
  • Wegelin & Co., the world’s oldest private Swiss bank, in conducting an internal investigation and defending against criminal tax challenges from the DOJ, IRS and the U.S. Attorney’s Office that the bank assisted U.S. clients in evading their tax obligations.
  • An institutional investment manager and adviser focused on real estate in an SEC investigation regarding potential violations of the Investment Advisers Act. Obtained a termination letter from the SEC recommending no enforcement action.
  • A mortgage services company in connection with litigation alleging violations of federal anti-kickback laws.
  • Advising numerous companies regarding the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program.
  • Investigations on behalf of a major financial institution into potential criminal and regulatory violations.
  • An investigation of a healthcare company on behalf of its board.
  • An investigation on behalf of an internet services company into potential misuse of data.
  • Investigations of potential insider trading concerns on behalf of numerous clients, including publicly-traded companies, venture capital firms, asset managers and non-profit organizations.
Professional Activities

Ms. Railton served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office in 2013-2014, where she prosecuted felony cases and conducted several jury trials and evidentiary hearings.

Ms. Railton also has an active pro bono practice, representing individuals and entities in a variety of federal and state matters, including several clients in federal criminal cases. She also represented the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.

At Goodwin, Ms. Railton is actively involved in associate mentoring and serves on her group’s Attorney Development Committee. As a member of the Community Service Committee, she also helped plan the annual New York Day of Service for several years. 

Ms. Railton is a member of the Federal Bar Council, the New York City Bar Association, the Women’s White Collar Defense Association and the National Association of Women Lawyers.


Ms. Railton is recommended by The Legal 500 U.S. for her corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice. She has also been recognized by Law360 as a White Collar “Rising Star,” one of only five attorneys nationwide to receive the award that year. She was named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List” for three consecutive years, recognizing the most promising emerging talent in litigation.

While attending law school, Ms. Railton was a Student Articles Development Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change.

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J.D., 2008
New York University School of Law
B.A., 2004
New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study

(magna cum laude)



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