Ms. Spillane has represented individuals and entities in a variety of government investigations, securities matters, and complex civil litigations.
Examples of Ms. Spillane’s representations include:
- An international financial institution in an antitrust class action concerning interest rate swaps.
- An investment bank concerning its role as financial advisor in a municipal restructuring.
- A financial institution in a False Claims Act investigation concerning mortgage lending and appraisal practices. After a multi-year investigation, the government declined to intervene on the qui tam complaint.
- Multiple financial technology clients concerning contract disputes pending in the Southern District of New York and the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court.
- Multiple institutional clients, along with 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.
- Countrywide Financial Corporation and Countrywide Home Loans in connection with a FIRREA and False Claims Act case filed against a major bank arising out of the sale of mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This was the first case to go to trial applying FIRREA to issues arising from the credit crisis, and, on appeal, the Second Circuit directed that judgment be entered dismissing all claims against our clients.
- A school executive in investigating and defending allegations of sexual misconduct involving former teachers.
- The CFO of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in a civil securities litigation in the Southern District of New York, alleging that the company’s disclosures relating to the criminal investigation of its off-label promotion of certain drugs violated the securities laws.
- Former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma against criminal and SEC allegations of insider trading. Prosecutors alleged that 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.
- A Fortune 500 company under investigation for potential environmental crimes by federal and state authorities.
- The former CEO of a Fortune 30 health care company in connection with an investigation by the SEC relating to alleged fraudulent disclosure and insider trading violations. After engaging in an extensive Wells process, no charges of any kind were brought against our client.
- A number of individuals under investigation by various criminal and civil regulatory agencies concerning allegations of securities fraud, market manipulations, insider trading, and corporate governance violations.
Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology
- Blockchain clients seeking to engage with the SEC's Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub) to seek “no action” relief.
Blockchain clients in responding to requests for information and enforcement subpoenas brought by the SEC and state securities regulators.
Blockchain clients seeking to raise capital through coin/token issuances and security token offerings.
Blockchain clients seeking to invest in or participate in new blockchains and nodes.
Ms. Spillane served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office in 2012, where she prosecuted numerous felony cases and conducted several jury trials and evidentiary hearings.
Ms. Spillane serves as the co-chair of the New York Council of Women@Goodwin and is a member of Goodwin’s Junior Associate Attorney Development Committee. Ms. Spillane is also a member of the Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court, the American Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association. She is also an active participant in Declare, a diverse community of women who are changing the face of leadership.
Ms. Spillane maintains active pro bono practice, representing indigent criminal defendants in a variety of state and federal matters. For example, since 2008, she has been actively involved in the representation of a criminal defendant in the appeal of his death sentence in Alabama state court.
Before joining Goodwin in 2008, Ms. Spillane taught at Public School 48 in Bronx, New York, as part of the Teach for America program.
In 2012, Ms. Spillane gained significant trial experience during a six-month secondment with the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office, where she served as an Assistant District Attorney. During this time, she prosecuted numerous felony cases on behalf of the State of New York, including several jury trials and evidentiary hearings.
Ms. Spillane also has an active pro bono practice, representing indigent criminal defendants in a variety of state and federal matters. For example, since 2008, she has been actively involved in the representation of a criminal defendant in the appeal of his death sentence in Alabama state court.