Goldstein supervised and prosecuted many of the government’s high-profile securities fraud cases in recent years
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is pleased to announce that Katherine Goldstein, who will be stepping down at the beginning of the new year as Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force at the United States Attorney’s Office, will be joining the firm as a partner in the Litigation Department.
Ms. Goldstein joined the US Attorney’s Office in 2004, where she prosecuted a wide range of securities fraud cases, among others, and was promoted to Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in 2015 after serving as Deputy Chief for one year, and before that Co-Chief of the General Crimes Unit for two years. As the Wall Street Journal noted at the time of her most recent appointment, Ms. Goldstein “inherited one of the highest profile teams in the federal law-enforcement community and is the first woman to hold the position since the 1980s.”
During her two and a half years as a chief of the unit, Ms. Goldstein supervised a team of approximately 20 senior prosecutors and all aspects of the unit’s work from investigation through prosecution, including a broad array of cases involving accounting and disclosure fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, mismarking of complex products, corporate fraud, and fraudulent investor schemes, among others. Notable prosecutions brought under her leadership include: a professional gambler charged with trading on inside information obtained from a board member of a publicly traded company; corporate executives charged with honest services fraud; a hedge fund portfolio manager charged with trading on inside information obtained from a political consultant; a hedge fund portfolio manager charged with the mismarking of illiquid fund assets; and senior executives charged with a multi-year accounting fraud scheme at a publicly traded digital media company, as well as the market manipulation of the company’s stock and investment advisor fraud. She has also supervised the unit’s trials and appeals.
As an Assistant US Attorney, Ms. Goldstein tried eight cases and argued numerous appeals in the Second Circuit. Among the high-profile cases she tried were U.S. v. Mandell, et al. (a $100-million market manipulation and investor fraud, which resulted in a 12-year sentence) and U.S. v. Ebbers (public company accounting fraud by the CEO of WorldCom, which resulted in a 25-year sentence). As Chief of the General Crimes Unit, she supervised the office’s new Assistant US Attorneys, numerous investigations and dozens of trials.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Katie to our team,” said Scott A. Edelman, Chairman of Milbank. “She is a brilliant lawyer with a distinguished record of success in the courtroom. Katie’s premier trial skills, coupled with her knowledge of the capital markets and federal criminal practice, will be invaluable to our clients and colleagues. Katie is another star talent who will
enhance our already deep bench of trial lawyers with significant government experience.”
Ms. Goldstein joins former colleagues Antonia Apps, who joined Milbank in 2014, and Adam Fee, who joined earlier this year after serving in the US Attorney’s Office, as well as George Canellos, who rejoined the firm in 2014 after serving as co-head of the SEC’s Enforcement Division and Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office.
“Our clients and colleagues will benefit tremendously from Katie’s DOJ experience, consummate litigation skills and strategic counsel,” said Mr. Canellos, Global Head of Milbank’s Litigation & Arbitration Group. “We’re thrilled to welcome her and she joins a strong and first-in-class team of white collar and securities litigators.”
At Milbank, Ms. Goldstein joins one the country’s leading financial industry litigation practices. The firm regularly handles highly complex matters for corporate, financial and institutional clients and individual officers and directors. Over the past two years, Milbank has been the lead on some of the largest and highest-profile criminal and regulatory enforcement actions and commercial disputes.
“It has been a privilege to spend the past 11 years at the US Attorney’s Office working with some of the most talented lawyers in the country and I’m excited to join the team of outstanding litigators at Milbank,” said Ms. Goldstein. “By leveraging my experience and knowledge, I hope to help the firm’s clients navigate an evolving regulatory environment,” she added.
Before becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Goldstein was an associate at a major national law firm. She also clerked for Judge Karen Nelson Moore on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2000 and her B.A. from Duke University, magna cum laude, in 1996.