Anne Cortina Perry is a top-tier litigator, member of the Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practice, and co-founder and co-chair of the firm’s Culture Risk and Sensitive Investigations Practice. Her creative, pragmatic, and results-oriented litigation work helps clients around the globe navigate their most high-stakes investigations brought by government entities and organizations including DOJ, SEC, FINRA, FinCen, US Attorney’s Office for SDNY, and District Attorney’s Offices. Ms. Perry regularly engages in matters involving #MeToo and other allegations of criminal, sexual, or racial harassment or discrimination, financial crimes including anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act violations, and investigations for companies in highly regulated industries.
Ms. Perry’s substantive experience spans a variety of areas including financial crime, antitrust, corruption, employment, social media, manufacturing, and financial services. She defends companies and individuals in government investigations, including investigations into allegations of fraud, obstruction of justice, bribery, money laundering, and insider trading, as well as false claims allegations and cases under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA). She also conducts internal investigations in a variety of industries and advises clients on developing effective, risk-based compliance programs.
Corporate senior executives worldwide trust Ms. Perry to lead their most challenging investigations, including sensitive matters involving allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment. Ms. Perry recently conducted an investigation into potential sexual misconduct on behalf of special committees of the boards of religious and charitable organizations, and multiple investigations into allegations of toxic workplaces. Her significant experience, precise legal judgment, and emotionally-aware approach enable her to investigate and counsel clients in the most sensitive of situations.
Ms. Perry’s representative matters include:
- Leading highly sensitive investigation on behalf of the University of Michigan into allegations involving the President of the institution.
- Conducting investigation into potential sexual misconduct on behalf of special committees of the Boards of religious and charitable organizations.
- Conducting an internal investigation of a mortgage lender in connection with a fraud investigation by the Department of Justice.
- Conducting an investigation and producing an internal report to the board of directors for General Motors Company with regard to events leading up to certain recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches, as well as representing the company in a related investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, culminating in the resolution of the matter through a deferred prosecution agreement.
- Representing an originator in a Department of Justice FIRREA investigation.
- Representing a senior executive in a Department of Justice investigation into antitrust issues in a manufacturing industry.
- Defending an individual in connection with a Department of Justice probe into municipal bond bid-rigging practices.
- Representing executives of a major financial institution in connection with a Bank Secrecy Act and money laundering investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
- Conducting an investigation on behalf of a state public utilities commission into whether one of the nation’s largest utility companies misled the commission in the merger approval process.
- Representing Chesapeake Energy in a well-publicized dispute with a trustee concerning the timeliness of a redemption of a $1.3 billion bond offering.
- Advising a media company regarding ethics and anti-corruption issues, including revising its internal policies and training materials.
In her pro bono practice, Ms. Perry represents underserved women, including survivors of sexual violence, in state and federal court matters. In 2019, her team was awarded a Commitment to Justice Award by HerJustice for successfully representing a survivor in a custody dispute. Ms. Perry also partnered with the National Women’s Law Center on an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court in Young v. UPS, analyzing the legislative history of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. She oversees the firm’s collaboration with the NYC Law Department through its Special Corporate Counsel deposition program.
Ms. Perry is a sought-after speaker on internal investigations, compliance, and anti-corruption, as well as on diversity, inclusion, and women in leadership. She has presented webinars on addressing workplace culture issues raised by the #MeToo movement and considerations for potential investigations in the era of Black Lives Matter activism and rapid cultural change. In 2020, The National Law Journal named Ms. Perry a “Rising Star” for her distinguished investigations work and commitment to advancing her practice and pro bono work. She also won the firm’s in-house Mentoring Award last year for her work helping to advance junior lawyers. Additionally, Ms. Perry is co-chair of the Women’s Forum.