Annie Railton is a partner in Goodwin’s Government Investigations + Enforcement practice. She co-leads the Firm’s Healthcare Government Enforcement + False Claims Act Defense, Financial Services Litigation + Investigations, 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, with a focus on the healthcare, life sciences, and financial industries. 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 was recently recognized by The American Lawyer as the first runner-up for “Litigator of the Week” as a result of Goodwin’s securing a full dismissal of a certified class action in an anti-kickback case seeking almost $400 million in damages, just over a week before a month-long jury trial was set to begin. She also 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:

Healthcare and Life Sciences 

  • Won an acquittal at a federal criminal trial for W. Carl Reichel, the former president of pharmaceutical company Warner Chilcott, on charges related to illegal marketing and anti-kickback violations. 
  • Represented multiple companies and individuals in False Claims Act investigations and litigation brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and various State Attorneys General, including matters related to pharmaceutical sales and marketing, medical billing and coding, practices related to licensing, staffing and supervision, and clinical documentation.
  • Represented multiple clients in connection with federal criminal fraud investigations, including matters involving controlled substances, telehealth and telemedicine, and medical device design and manufacturing.
  • Represented a global public pharmaceutical company, along with several officers, directors and employees, in an SEC investigation into potential insider trading, resulting in a termination letter from the SEC recommending no enforcement action.
  • Represented a testing and diagnostic company in an inquiry brought by a State Inspector General’s Office and an internal investigation related to marketing and billing activities. 
  • Conducted an internal investigation into potential fraud and billing issues on behalf of the board of directors of a healthcare company.

Financial Industry

  • Represented a multi-national financial institution in an internal investigation regarding potential conflict of interest and bribery issues and related inquiries from various criminal and civil regulatory agencies.
  • Represented an institutional investment manager and adviser in an SEC investigation regarding potential conflict of interest and fiduciary duty issues, resulting in a termination letter from the SEC recommending no enforcement action.
  • Won full dismissal shortly before trial in a certified class action brought against a financial services company related to its mortgage practices and compliance with federal anti-kickback laws. 
  • Won full dismissal following a month-long bench trial for Deutsche Bank trader Jon Paul Rorech in an SEC enforcement action alleging the first-ever insider trading case involving credit default swaps.
  • Represented 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.
  • Represented 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.
  • Represented multiple institutional clients, investment advisers, and individuals in investigations by criminal and civil regulatory agencies including the DOJ, SEC, the New York State Attorney General, and FINRA.

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 “an incredibly sophisticated lawyer who is solutions-driven, practical and has an excellent grasp of complex legal issues.” 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 five 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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