Annie Railton, a partner in Goodwin’s Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense group, specializes in white collar criminal defense, government civil and regulatory actions, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. Her cases have involved allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, tax fraud, healthcare fraud, bribery and kickbacks, anti-competitive practices and False Claims Act violations.

Ms. Railton has 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.

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Ms. Railton has substantial experience representing companies and individuals in government investigations, prosecutions and enforcement actions, 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 “[i]t’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:

  • Representing W. Carl Reichel, the former president of Warner Chilcott, in defending against criminal anti-kickback allegations in United States v. Reichel, 15 Cr 10324 (D. Mass.). Mr. Reichel was acquitted in June 2016, in a widely reported victory following a month-long jury trial.
  • Representing the former CEO of a behavioral healthcare organization in connection with pending civil fraud lawsuits brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a private relator, involving allegations of noncompliance with the federal False Claims Act, its state analogue, and related statutes.
  • Representing multiple institutional clients and several employees and directors in connection with 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.
  • Representing 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.
  • Representing former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma in defending against criminal and SEC allegations of insider trading.
  • Representing 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.
  • Representing Jon Paul Rorech, a Deutsche Bank trader, in SEC v. Rorech, et al., 09 Cv 4329 (S.D.N.Y.), the first-ever insider trading case involving credit default swaps. In June 2010, after a month-long bench trial, the Court dismissed all charges against Mr. Rorech.
  • Representing a number of corporations and individuals in investigations conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office criminal and civil divisions, the SEC, the New York State Office of the Attorney General, and FINRA.

Ms. Railton’s practice also includes conducting internal corporate investigations, regulatory compliance counseling and the development and implementation of appropriate policies. She also 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.

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

Professional Activities

At Goodwin, Ms. Railton is actively involved in associate mentoring and has been appointed a Diversity + Inclusion Champion. She also serves as a member of the Community Service Committee and has helped plan the annual New York Day of Service for several years. Ms. Railton is also 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 also has an active pro bono practice, representing individuals and entities in a variety of federal and state matters. Her representations have included the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and a New York State inmate in a lawsuit filed against the State for abuse suffered while incarcerated.


Ms. Railton was recognized by Law360 as a 2017 “Rising Star” for her White Collar work. In 2018, she was named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List,” 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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