Williams & Connolly Appoints Amanda MacDonald Co-Chair of Securities Practice

March 2021

Williams & Connolly is pleased to announce the appointment of partner Amanda MacDonald as Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Securities Enforcement practices.  Amanda is joining Steve Farina and Bob Van Kirk as Co-Chairs.  “Amanda is an accomplished partner with many years’ experience representing clients in a variety of high-stakes securities matters, and we are proud to welcome her to the leadership of our Securities Litigation and Securities Enforcement practice groups,” said Chairman and Executive Committee member Joe Petrosinelli.
Amanda is an experienced commercial litigator and has defended Fortune 100 issuers, underwriters, Big 4 accounting firms, and corporate officers in securities litigation, class actions, and investigations and enforcement actions by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.  Her broader commercial litigation and investigations experience includes defending in trial courts and in arbitration professional audit and consulting firms accused of breach of contract, accounting malpractice, and fraud.  She regularly partners with in-house compliance departments to lead internal investigations into compliance and whistleblower allegations.
Williams & Connolly’s Securities Litigation practice merges the firm’s core strength—our lawyers’ skills as trial and appellate advocates—with robust experience with the securities laws and the litigation arising from them.  That courtroom experience as well as our practice members’ deep experience with the securities laws makes for a powerful combination that has led to successes both at trial and on appeal.  It is a combination that has led Law360 to name us one of its Securities Practice Groups of the Year three times in the last five years, and has resulted in some of the nation’s most prominent businesses—such as Intel, The Carlyle Group, CVS, HSBC and Lockheed Martin—turning to our firm to handle matters that involve billions of dollars in asserted damages and unsettled questions of securities law or federal jurisdiction.  We have achieved successes for those clients and others in their most significant matters.  Additionally, the firm has vast experience in securities enforcement, defending public companies, audit firms, financial institutions, senior executives, officers and directors, lawyers and various other entities and individuals in investigations and trials involving a wide range of securities, bank, financial and accounting fraud matters. These matters have included investigations initiated by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, state attorneys general, and various self-regulatory authorities, among others – both as standalone matters and as part of larger representations involving private civil litigation and criminal investigations.  

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