Meghan Flinn is an associate in the investigations, enforcement, and white collar group in the Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on government investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, internal investigations, and complex civil 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), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Meghan has 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 actions brought in federal and state court with a concentration on securities litigation.
Her experience extends to matters concerning, among other things:
- Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws
- Insider trading and other securities fraud allegations
- Gatekeeper or secondary liability under the securities laws
- Compliance and supervisory issues
- DOJ and qui tam claims asserted under the False Claims Act (FCA)
- Fair Housing Act (FHA) claims relating to mortgage and foreclosure practices
- Receiverships in SEC enforcement cases
- Regulatory disclosure requirements
- Mutual fund board policies and procedures
Additionally, Meghan assists clients with internal investigations to assess potential civil or criminal exposure in these and other areas.
Meghan dedicates meaningful time to various pro bono matters at K&L Gates. Some of this work includes representing a client in federal habeas proceedings, and assisting a nonprofit organization with an internal investigation concerning an employment matter.
Meghan has been selected to the 2020 Washington, D.C. Rising Star list by Super Lawyers in the area of White Collar Defense. She is an active member of the Women in White Collar Defense Association, the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and the Washington, D.C. office’s Women in the Profession Committee.
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 Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), Washington, DC Chapter, Young Lawyers Committee Member (2019-present)
- Women in White Collar Defense Association (2019-present)
- Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2018-present)
- 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)
- “Satisfying the Banking Regulator’s “Right to Know” While Maintaining Confidentiality of Privileged Material: The Privileges and Protections Available to Banking Institutions,” Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, Spring 2017
- A Continuing War with Asbestos: The Stalemate Among State Courts on Liability for Take-Home Asbestos Exposure, 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 707 (recipient of the 2013 Roy L. Steinheimer Award for outstanding student Note)