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John Falvey, a partner in Goodwin Procter's Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense 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 in connection with state and federal investigations, both criminal and civil, in matters involving securities, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and healthcare fraud. His civil practice includes a variety of other complex business litigation matters, including civil fraud actions and extensive representation of a major financial institution in litigation arising from the sale of mortgage backed securities.

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Mr. Falvey received a Director's Award in 2000 from the U.S. Department of Justice for his work as lead prosecutor in the Centennial Technologies, Inc. securities fraud case.

During recent years, Mr. Falvey has represented clients in investigations and litigation in the following sectors:

Financial Services

  • A mutual fund board in connection with an investigation of trading irregularities by two of its portfolio managers
  • A major financial institution in an investigation of misconduct arising from the deterioration of certain sub-prime assets
  • One of the country’s largest financial institutions in litigation and  state investigations arising from the issuance and sale of mortgage backed securities and mortgage loan origination practices
  • A public company chief financial officer in a successful defense at trial of 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 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

Health Care and Life Sciences

  • A pharmaceutical developer in an investigation concerning potential issues in the conduct of clinical trials
  • A pharmaceutical distributor in an investigation of FDA reporting issues
  • A regulatory affairs executive at a medical device manufacturer in a criminal healthcare fraud investigation

Public Corruption and Other Matters

  • An advertising firm in connection with a public corruption prosecution arising from political advertising
  • A worker's compensation insurance carrier in a federal criminal investigation of allegations of improper government payments

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.

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.

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.