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JOHN J. FALVEY , JR.

PARTNER

  • J.D., 1983
    Harvard Law School
  • B.A., 1979
    Cornell University
    (magna cum laude)
John J Falvey Jr
Exchange Place
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
USA
617.570.1344

John Falvey, a partner in Goodwin Procter's Litigation Group, focuses on governmental and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Mr. Falvey's practice includes representing companies, boards of directors and their committees and individuals (directors, officers and other employees) in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission, state and federal criminal, and other investigations. His civil practice includes a variety of other complex business litigation matters, including most recently extensive representation of a major financial institution in litigation and investigations arising from the sale of residential mortgage backed securities.

WORK FOR CLIENTS

During recent years, Mr. Falvey has represented:

  • one of the country’s largest financial institutions in litigation arising from the issuance and sale of residential mortgage backed securities, as well as state attorneys general investigations into practices concerning RMBS issuance and mortgage loan origination practices.
  • a major financial institution in an investigation of misconduct arising from the deterioration of certain sub-prime assets.
  • a worker's compensation insurance carrier in a federal criminal investigation of allegations of improper government payments.
  • the successful defense at trial of a public-company chief financial officer on civil fraud charges arising from an accounting restatement.
  • the audit committee of the board of a publicly traded software company in conducting an internal investigation into alleged accounting errors.
  • the chief financial officers of two publicly traded companies and general counsel of a third public company in response to criminal and civil allegations of accounting irregularities.
  • the chief financial officers of two public companies in SEC investigations and private litigation arising from allegations of stock option backdating.
  • a major mutual fund firm in connection with allegations of conflicts of interest relating to its securities trading desk.
  • the chief executive officer and general counsel of two major mutual fund firms in completing SEC investigations on favorable terms and defending against securities class action litigation arising from alleged market timing.
  • the general counsel of a publicly traded company in defending against breach of fiduciary duty claims in an adversary proceeding pending in federal Bankruptcy Court.

MEDIA

Mr. Falvey writes and speaks regularly on topics relating to the conduct of internal investigations, the defense of civil and criminal securities fraud claims and other white-collar criminal matters.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2005, Mr. Falvey was a partner in the Litigation Group at Testa, Hurwtitz & Thibeault in Boston. Before that, he was an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1994 to 2000, where he concentrated on white-collar criminal prosecutions, especially on the prosecution of revenue recognition, insider trading and other securities fraud cases.

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Mr. Falvey is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and District of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

RECOGNITION

Mr. Falvey received a Director's Award in 2000 from the U.S. Department of Justice for superior performance as an assistant U.S. attorney for his work as lead prosecutor in the Centennial Technologies, Inc. securities fraud case.