Annie Railton, a partner in Goodwin’s Securities Litigation + White Collar Defense Group, specializes in white collar criminal defense, government civil and regulatory actions, corporate internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. Ms Railton has defended companies and individuals in a wide variety of investigations and actions by federal and state prosecutors, including those involving allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, healthcare fraud, tax fraud, and public corruption. Ms. Railton has also litigated criminal and civil cases in federal and state court, including defending clients in several high-profile trials.

Ms. Railton joined Goodwin in 2008.





Ms. Railton has substantial experience defending companies and individuals in sensitive, high-profile investigations and prosecutions, including the defense of:

  • 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.
  • Multiple institutional clients in connection with criminal investigations into possible corruption by New York State officials being conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office and the New York State Office of the Attorney General.
  • Former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • A number of individuals in investigations conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office, the New York State Office of the Attorney General and FINRA.

Ms. Railton’s practice also includes ethics and compliance assessment and guidance, 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 a member of the Associate Development Committee for the Securities Litigation + White Collar Defense Group 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 in Rivera v. Illinois 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.

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)



New York


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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