Prior to joining Willkie, Mei Lin was a Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she oversaw the Securities and Commodities Fraud, Major Crimes, and Public Corruption Units. During her eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mei Lin worked on a wide variety of cases, including securities fraud, accounting fraud, market manipulation, insider trading, money laundering, obstruction of justice, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, embezzlement, perjury, corruption, health care fraud, and immigration matters. She has tried numerous jury trials and argued and briefed several appeals. Among Mei Lin's trial victories were the convictions of Gregory Earls, the CEO of U.S. Technologies; Mitchell Brater and Michael Rosoff, the COO and General Counsel of Towers Financial Corporation; and Jerry Weissman, the CFO of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She also received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
From 2001 to 2003, Mei Lin served as Special Investigative Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, where she investigated the espionage of FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen and the FBI’s performance in preventing and detecting espionage, at the request of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees and the U.S. Attorney General. For this work, Mei Lin received the Inspector General’s Award of Honor and the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency’s Award for Excellence.
Mei Lin was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at New York University Law School, where she taught the Prosecution Clinic.
Additionally, Mei Lin served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable George C. Pratt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was a George Slaff Fellow at the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.
Mei Lin has lectured on securities fraud, "bet the company" litigation, federal criminal prosecution, ethics, and trial practice, and has also taught white collar criminal law as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School.
Mei Lin is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the City Bar Justice Center and was a Vice President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Additionally, she is a member of the Practising Law Institute’s Board of Trustees, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the Committee on White Collar Litigation of the New York State Bar Association, a member of the Nominating and White Collar Crime Committees of the New York City Bar, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Mei Lin’s publications include:
- “Creating Corporate Compliance But Withholding the Corporate Compliance Guideline’s Credit,” Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 26, No. 1.
- Authored Business Fraud chapter of New York Business Litigation treatise (2013)
- "Assessing the SEC’s New ‘Neither Admit Nor Deny’ Policy," New York Law Journal
- "New Corporate Sentencing Guidelines Provide Guidance Regarding What Constitutes An Effective Corporate Compliance Program," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
- “Recent Developments in Government Investigations of Financial Fraud,” Financial Fraud Law Report
- Co-author of the Criminal and Enforcement Litigation Chapter of the American Bar Association’s Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation
- "A Guide to the SEC's Lawyer Conduct Rules under Sarbanes-Oxley," General Counsel Under Attack, Willkie/Bloomberg Conference
Mei Lin’s speaking engagements include:
- Panelist, Internal Investigations 2013, Practising Law Institute
- Panelist, Sentencing Strategies: Advocacy in White Collar Cases, ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime
- Moderator, Conflicts in the Face of Corporate Representations, New York City Bar White Collar Crime Institute
- Panelist, Lessons of the Rajaratnam Trial: Be Careful Who’s Listening, American Bar Association Section of Litigation
- Moderator, "Bet the Company" Litigation: Best Practices for Complex Cases, Practising Law Institute
- Panelist, The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations 2011, Practising Law Institute
- Panelist, Internal Investigations 2012: How to Protect Your Clients or Companies in the Global, Post Dodd-Frank World, Practising Law Institute
- Program Chair, SEC Enforcement Actions: Understanding the Legal & Equitable Remedies that the SEC Can Use Against Your Clients, New York City Bar
- Panelist, Internal Investigations 2010: How to Protect Your Clients or Company, Practising Law Institute
- Panelist, Ethics for Commercial Litigators, Practising Law Institute
- "Representing a Client Before the Grand Jury: Subpoenas, Testimony, Rights and Privileges," ABC's of Federal Criminal Litigation, New York City Bar