Mei Lin Kwan-Gett
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, New York 10019-6099
Mei Lin Kwan-Gett is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Ms. Kwan-Gett specializes in white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation.
Selected Professional and Business Activities
Ms. Kwan-Gett has lectured on securities fraud, federal criminal prosecution, and trial practice. She is a member of the Federal Bar Council, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the New York American Inn of Court and the Committee on White Collar Litigation of the New York State Bar Association. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the City Bar Justice Center.
Prior to joining Willkie, Ms. Kwan-Gett was a Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where she oversaw the Securities and Commodities Fraud, Major Crimes, and Public Corruption Units. During her eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ms. Kwan-Gett worked on a wide variety of cases, including securities fraud, accounting fraud, market manipulation, insider trading, money laundering, obstruction of justice, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, embezzlement, perjury, corruption, health care fraud, and immigration matters. She has tried numerous jury trials and argued and briefed several appeals. Among Ms. Kwan-Gett's trial victories were the convictions of Gregory Earls, the CEO of U.S. Technologies; Mitchell Brater and Michael Rosoff, the COO and General Counsel of Towers Financial Corporation; and Jerry Weissman, the CFO of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She also received the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Kwan-Gett served as Special Investigative Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, where she investigated the espionage of FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen and the FBI's performance in preventing and detecting espionage, at the request of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees and the U.S. Attorney General. For this work, Ms. Kwan-Gett received the Inspector General's Award of Honor and the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency's Award for Excellence.
Ms. Kwan-Gett was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at New York University Law School, where she taught the Prosecution Clinic. Additionally, Ms. Kwan-Gett served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable George C. Pratt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was a George Slaff Fellow at the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.
Selected Publications and Lectures Ms. Kwan-Gett's publications include:
Co-author of the Criminal and Enforcement Litigation Chapter of the ABA's 2007 Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation
"A Guide to the SEC's Lawyer Conduct Rules under Sarbanes-Oxley," General Counsel Under Attack, Willkie/Bloomberg Conference, October 2007
Government Actions Against Attorneys for Corporations," General Counsel Under Attack, Willkie/Bloomberg Conference, October 2007
"What Could They Be Thinking? The Calculus Behind Prosecuting Lawyers," General Counsel Under Attack, Willkie/Bloom berg Conference, October 2007
Finding the Facts without Betting the Farm: How Internal Investigations Hedge their Bets," General Counsel Under Attack, Willkie/Bloom berg Conference, October 2007
1992, Yale Law School, J.D., (Editor-in-Chief of Yale Law Journal)
1989, Harvard University, A.B.