Meghan Spillane is a partner in the firm’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and a member of the Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology practice. She focuses her practice on government civil investigations and enforcement proceedings, internal investigations, and complex commercial and financial litigation. Ms. Spillane also advises clients on the legal, regulatory, and risk management issues surrounding digital currency and blockchain, including establishing new blockchains and nodes, investing in blockchain projects, and responding to government inquiries in the blockchain space.

Ms. Spillane was 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. She is also recommended for her corporate investigations practice as a Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal.

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Ms. Spillane represents companies and individuals at all stages of government investigations and complex civil litigation, including defending clients in several criminal and civil trials.

Examples of Ms. Spillane’s representative matters include:

Digital Currency + Blockchain Technology

  • Technology companies in engaging with the SEC's Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub) to seek “no action” relief for blockchain projects or token distributions.
  • Technology companies and investment funds in responding to requests for information and enforcement subpoenas brought by the SEC and state securities regulators concerning ICOs, exchanges, staking, and other areas.
  • Financial institutions and investment funds in evaluating the regulatory and business risks in participating in blockchain projects, including investing, operating nodes, and utilizing governance tokens.
  • Technology companies in raising capital through token issuances and security token offerings.

Individual Representations

  • An executive of a school network in investigating and defending allegations of sexual misconduct involving former teachers.
  • A CEO of a technology company in defending allegations of breach of contract and fraud in the Southern District of New York.
  • 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 in defending 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 an SEC investigation of alleged fraudulent disclosure and insider trading violations. After engaging in an extensive Wells process, no charges of any kind were brought against our client.
  • Individuals under investigation by various criminal and civil regulatory agencies concerning allegations of securities fraud, market manipulations, insider trading, and corporate governance violations.

Other Corporate Representations

  • A major institution of higher education in an internal investigation concerning donations from, and interactions with, Jeffrey Epstein.
  • A financial institution in defending claims related to its underwriting of municipal bonds in Puerto Rico.

  • An international financial institution in an antitrust class action concerning interest rate swaps.

  • An investment bank in its role as financial advisor in a municipal restructuring.

  • A financial institution in a False Claims Act investigation into mortgage lending and appraisal practices. After a multi-year investigation, the government declined to intervene on the qui tam complaint.

  • Multiple institutional clients, along with several employees and directors, in 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 economic development efforts in upstate New York.

  • Countrywide Financial Corporation and Countrywide Home Loans 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.

Ms. Spillane gained significant trial experience 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. She 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 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.

Before joining Goodwin in 2008, Ms. Spillane taught at Public School 48 in Bronx, New York, as part of the Teach for America program.

Recognition

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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Education

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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New York

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U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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