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Meghan E. Flinn

Meghan Flinn is a partner in the Investigations, Enforcement, and White Collar group in the Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on government investigations and enforcement actions, internal investigations, and complex regulatory and private litigation matters at the trial and appellate level.

Meghan represents individuals, investment advisers, broker-dealers, public companies, banks, and other financial institutions before various state and federal regulators and enforcement authorities. These include the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and state banking and securities regulators. Meghan has extensive experience defending and counseling clients at each juncture of a government investigation, including with respect to subpoena responses, investigative testimony, and Wells submissions. She also represents clients in connection with government enforcement proceedings and litigation, investor lawsuits and class actions, and arbitrations with a concentration on securities and financial services.

Her experience extends to defending and counseling clients in matters concerning, among other things:

  • Insider trading, disclosure issues, sales practice violations, and other securities fraud allegations
  • Gatekeeper or secondary liability under the securities laws
  • Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
  • Mutual fund board policies and procedures, including Section 15(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws
  • Compliance and supervisory issues
  • DOJ and qui tam claims asserted under the False Claims Act (FCA)
  • Receiverships in SEC enforcement cases
  • Collateral consequences and statutory disqualifications under the federal securities laws
  • Regulatory examinations, including responses to exam deficiency letters

Additionally, Meghan assists clients with internal investigations to assess potential civil or criminal exposure in these and other areas.

Meghan is co-chair of the Washington, D.C. office’s women in the profession committee. She is also a member of the Young Professionals Committee of the Women in White Collar Defense Association, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum D.C. Young Lawyers Committee, and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Meghan has been selected to the 2020, 2021, and 2022 Washington, D.C. Rising Stars list in the area of White Collar Defense. 

Meghan is involved in various pro bono matters at K&L Gates, including representing a client in federal habeas proceedings and conducing research on behalf of a local victims’ rights organization.

Prior to joining the firm, Meghan had the privilege of serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where she assisted in managing the civil docket and the multidistrict (MDL) docket that contained over 70,000 product liability actions. In addition, she worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert B. King for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

  • Women in White Collar Defense Association (2019-present)
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), Washington, DC Chapter, Young Lawyers Committee Member (2019-2022)
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2018-present)
  • Panelist, Enforcement and Examinations, 2 November 2022, K&L Gates Asset Management and Investment Funds Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Panelist, “Attorney-Client Privilege for Financial Institutions in Internal Investigations, Audits, and Bank Regulatory Exams: Confidential Information and Work Product; Bank Examination Privilege; Section 1828 Selective Waiver,” Strafford Publications CLE Webinar (January 2019)
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