Former Assistant United States Attorney Lynn Neils Joins Foley Hoag as Partner

November 15, 2021

Firm continues expansion in New York and builds on white collar crime expertise

Lynn Neils, former Chief of the Complex Fraud/Cyber Security Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, has joined Foley Hoag LLP as a partner in the White Collar & Government Investigations practice group. She is resident in the firm’s New York office and will help expand the firm’s white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement, corporate compliance and complex commercial litigation capabilities.

Neils is a seasoned litigator bringing significant trial experience in both the federal and state courts as well as extensive prosecutorial, corporate and private practice experience that spans more than 25 years. She has counseled clients in large-scale federal criminal investigations in addition to advising clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other regulatory matters involving the SEC, the CFTC, the FDA, and other federal, state and foreign regulators. 

“Drawing on a breadth of expertise, diverse skills and high-stakes litigation experience, Lynn will bring sweeping benefits to Foley Hoag’s clients and colleagues,” said Foley Hoag Co-Managing Partner Kenneth Leonetti. “We’re pleased to be expanding our New York office with such an accomplished trial lawyer and negotiator.”

Neils joins other recent additions to Foley Hoag’s New York white collar and litigation teams, including Harlan Levy, former NY State Chief Deputy Attorney General and Chair of the Board of the NYC Bar Association; Stephen Younger, a commercial litigator and former president of the New York State Bar Association; and Robert Haney Jr., a veteran lawyer specializing in restrictive covenants and trade secrets in the biotech and life sciences sector.

For more than a decade, Neils served as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and the District of New Jersey, where she worked on a wide variety of complex white collar cases, including FCPA, securities fraud, accounting fraud, bank fraud, Bank Secrecy Act, tax fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, health care fraud, art fraud, insurance fraud, environmental violations, U.S. sanctions, and obstruction of justice matters. While at SDNY, she was promoted to Chief of the Complex Fraud/Cyber Security Unit. In this role, she coordinated with multiple prosecutorial and regulatory offices, including many outside the United States, including the U.K. Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Services Agency. She also acted as a liaison with the banking regulators in New York, including the Federal Reserve Bank, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Before joining Foley Hoag, Neils was a partner at Baker Botts LLP in New York. She previously served as Senior Counsel at Johnson & Johnson where she was responsible for conducting internal investigations; advising on compliance and regulatory matters; and conducting training of employees on regulatory and legal matters. Neils earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.