Mei Lin Kwan-Gett


New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
T 212 728 8503
F 212 728 9503

Mei Lin Kwan-Gett is a partner in the Litigation Department and is the co-head of the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group. Mei Lin specializes in white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation.

Mei Lin was honored as the "Up & Coming Litigation Lawyer of the Year" at the 2013 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards. Additionally, Chambers USA (2014) ranks Mei Lin among the leading practitioners in the area of Litigation (White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations) in New York, and she was consecutively named by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the "Attorneys Who Matter" (2010-2014). She has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2015) and New York Super Lawyers (2013-2014).

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Mei Lin Kwan-Gett is a partner in the Litigation Department and is the co-head of the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group. Mei Lin specializes in white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation.

Selected Significant Matters

  • In re General Electric Co. Securities Litigation (SDNY): Successful representation of all underwriters in case challenging $12 billion offering.
  • In re American International Group, Inc. Securities Litigation (SDNY): Representing AIG risk management in securities class actions and related Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Congressional investigations in connection with CDS and other mortgage-related financial instruments.
  • Representing multiple clients in Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Senate PSI) and other Congressional investigations.
  • Representing hedge funds in DOJ and SEC investigations of auction rate securities, trading in stocks of financial institutions, and trading in mortgage-backed securities and derivatives.
  • Representing private equity and financial institution clients in antitrust investigations by the DOJ and the New York State Attorney General.
  • Representing leading multinational manufacturing company in SEC and DOJ investigations of alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations.
  • Conducted internal investigation for global asset management firm related to alleged breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Conducted internal investigation for multinational insurance company into allegations of trade secret violations.
  • Representing Merrill Lynch senior executive in class action litigation and related matters arising out of subprime derivatives holdings.
  • Represented clients, including CFO of a public company, in DOJ investigations of internet marketing and online gaming.
  • Represented multiple clients in Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) investigations.
  • Represented numerous clients – including a global telecommunications company and the audit committee of a major automotive company – in SEC and DOJ FCPA investigations and settlements.
  • General Electric v. United States (Ct. Fed. Cl.): Counsel for GE in $1 billion dispute with government concerning pension and health care costs under government contracts.
  • Conducted internal investigations for hedge funds into allegations of insider trading and market manipulation.
  • Represented multiple clients – including a university and a public company – in government investigations of the student loan industry.
  • Represented broker-dealer in investigation by New York State Attorney General.
  • Represented engineering and consulting firm in investigation and trial by Manhattan District Attorney.
  • Represented former CEO of international airline venture in DOJ and SEC antitrust investigation, resulting in no charges being brought.
  • Conducted Audit Committee investigation of accounting irregularities at Dell, Inc.

Prior Experience

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.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

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.

Selected Publications and Lectures

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

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