Meghan Spillane is a partner in Goodwin’s Securities, White Collar Defense & Business Litigation group and its Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology practice. She focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, government civil and regulatory actions, internal investigations, and complex commercial and financial litigation. Ms. Spillane also advises digital currency and blockchain companies in token sales and in responding to government inquiries.

Ms. Spillane was recognized as a Law360 White Collar “Rising Star” in 2018 and is recommended for her corporate investigations practice as a Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal.

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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:

Corporate Representations

  • 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.

Individual Representations

  • 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.

Professional Activities

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.


Ms. Spillane was recognized by Law360 as a White Collar “Rising Star,” one of only five attorneys nationwide to receive the award in 2018. She is also recommended for her corporate investigations practice by Who’s Who Legal and has been recognized consistently by New York Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in White Collar Defense since 2015.

While attending law school, Ms. Spillane was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, an editor on the Fordham Moot Court Board and a member of the Stein Scholars program.

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J.D., 2008
Fordham University School of Law

(magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)

M.S., Education, 2005
Fordham University
B.A., 2003
Georgetown University

(cum laude)



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