Casey E. Donnelly is a partner in the Litigation Department. Casey’s practice focuses on the representation of both companies and individuals in white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation.
Most recently, Casey successfully represented shipbuilding executive Jean Boustani in a significant trial victory in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, where he had been charged with participating in wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering conspiracies in connection with an alleged $2 billion fraud and kickback scheme involving Mozambique state-backed loans. Casey was a senior member of the team that won a landmark victory dismissing all charges in the first U.S. LIBOR manipulation case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Casey has also represented individuals and companies in white-collar investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and the Serious Fraud Office of the United Kingdom and successfully persuaded those agencies that charges were not appropriate.
Casey was recognized by the NYSBA as an Empire State Counsel® honoree for her pro bono contributions in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Casey has advised on the following significant matters:
Secured acquittal on all counts for shipbuilding executive charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering arising from allegations of bribery to win large contracts in Mozambique in the closely followed case of United States v. Jean Boustani (E.D.N.Y.). This major victory was profiled in The American Lawyer, “Willkie Team Wins Big with Art of Storytelling.” The Willkie team also topped Law360’s Legal Lions list in recognition of the victory.
- Won landmark victory dismissing all charges in the first U.S. LIBOR manipulation case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. Allen.
- Defending Adidas sports marketing head against federal criminal charges relating to alleged payments to recruit student athletes to college basketball programs in United States v. Gatto, et al. (S.D.N.Y.).
- Represented a former employee of an international bank in an investigation by the Department of Justice and the Serious Fraud Office concerning alleged market manipulation violations.
- Represented a former senior executive of a Fortune 500 company in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice concerning alleged FCPA violations.