Annie Railton is a partner in Goodwin’s Government Investigations + Enforcement practice. She co-leads the Firm’s Healthcare Government Enforcement + False Claims Act, Financial Services Litigation + Investigation, and Investment Management practices.

Ms. Railton represents companies, boards, executives, and other individuals in government and internal investigations, regulatory and enforcement proceedings, and complex commercial litigation. She regularly represents clients before federal and state regulators, including investigations by the DOJ, SEC, FINRA, various state Attorneys General and Inspectors General, and has conducted numerous internal investigations for companies, boards of directors, and special board committees.





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:

Corporate Representations

  • A global financial institution in an internal investigation regarding potential conflict of interest and bribery issues and related inquiries from various criminal and civil regulatory agencies.
  • A medical services company in connection with a DOJ False Claims Act investigation.
  • An institutional investment manager and advisor in an SEC investigation regarding potential conflict of interest and fiduciary duty issues. Resolved the matter favorably with the SEC issuing a termination notice and declining to bring an enforcement action.
  • 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 US Attorney’s Office that the bank assisted US clients in evading their tax obligations.
  • A global public pharmaceutical company, along with several officers, directors and employees, in an SEC investigation into potential insider trading. Resolved the matter favorably with the SEC issuing termination notices and declining to bring an enforcement action.
  • Multiple institutional clients, along with several directors and employees, in criminal investigations by the US Attorney’s Office and the New York State Attorney General’s Office involving possible corruption by New York State officials in economic development efforts in upstate New York.
  • An institutional client in an investigation by the New York State Office of the Inspector General related to potential government contracting fraud.
  • The board of directors of a healthcare company in an internal investigation into potential fraud and billing issues.
  • A financial institution in defending claims related to its mortgage practices and compliance with federal anti-kickback laws.
  • Multiple institutional clients, including financial institutions, venture capital and investment firms, and asset managers in investigations and advice regarding potential insider trading concerns.
  • A global technology company in an investigation into potential misuse of data.

Individual Representations

  • W. Carl Reichel, the former president of pharmaceutical company Warner Chilcott, in defending against criminal anti-kickback allegations brought by the US 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 Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and a private relator.
  • Multiple individuals in connection with a False Claims Act investigation conducted by the US Attorney’s Office and the New York State Attorney General’s Office, relating to pharmaceutical sales and marketing practices.
  • Former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma in defending against criminal and SEC allegations of insider trading. 
  • Deutsche Bank trader Jon Paul Rorech 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 US Attorney’s Office, culminating in a three-week jury trial.
  • Individuals under investigation by various criminal and civil regulatory agencies including the DOJ, SEC and FINRA, concerning allegations of securities fraud, market manipulation, insider trading and money laundering.

Ms. Railton also provides regulatory compliance counseling and advises companies on the development and implementation of appropriate risk management policies and procedures, including with respect to the False Claims Act and healthcare compliance and reporting obligations. She 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.

Professional Activities

Ms. Railton worked as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office in 2013, 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 US 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 recognized by Chambers USA for her work in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, where she is described as “highly knowledgeable” and a lawyer who “provides extremely valuable insights and is a strong and effective advocate for the client.” Ms. Railton is also recommended by The Legal 500 US for her corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice and has been recognized by Law360 as a White Collar “Rising Star,” one of only five attorneys nationwide to receive the award that year. She has also been named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List” for four consecutive years, recognizing the most promising emerging talent in litigation.

At New York University School of Law, Ms. Railton was a Student Articles Development Editor for NYU’s 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)



New York


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