Jenner & Block

Anne Cortina Perry guides clients facing governmental or regulatory investigations, conducts internal investigations, and advises her clients on developing and improving effective, risk-based compliance programs.  Her substantive experience spans a variety of areas including financial crime, antitrust, corruption and employment.  She is a member of the firm’s following practices: Investigations, Compliance and Defense; Litigation; and Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition.

Ms. Perry represents, defends, and advises corporations and individuals in federal and state criminal cases, civil litigations and investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island District Attorney’s offices, as well as the NYC Department of Investigation.  Ms. Perry conducts internal investigations of companies in a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, and energy, and advises executives and boards of directors and special board committees regarding investigative findings and forward-looking recommendations.  Ms. Perry has experience investigating particularly sensitive and challenging matters involving allegations of criminal sexual misconduct or harassment, and advising companies and boards of directors regarding these issues.  She also advises clients on compliance issues, including ethics, anti-corruption, and employment matters.  Ms. Perry has previous experience in criminal, administrative, and transactional tax matters. 

Representative matters include:

  • 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.

Ms. Perry has an active pro bono practice, focusing on the representation of underprivileged women, including survivors of sexual violence and assault, in immigration and family court matters.  Recently, Ms. Perry’s team was awarded a Commitment to Justice Award by HerJustice for their work successfully representing a survivor in a custody dispute.  She partnered with the National Women’s Law Center on an amicus brief to the Supreme Court.  She previously advised an international women’s organization regarding its internal policies and procedures, including in relation to diversity, anti-discrimination, and anti-harassment issues.  Ms. Perry also represented an indigent criminal defendant in federal court and was been appointed to serve as counsel for a former state prisoner in a Section 1983 action.

Ms. Perry is also a sought after speaker, regularly participating in panels and talks regarding financial crimes, anticorruption, compliance, and diversity, sponsorship, and gender issues,  She frequently writes on topics related to representation of companies and individuals.

While attending law school, Ms. Perry, as a member of the Legislative Advocacy Clinic, co-authored a report on the effect of No Child Left Behind on Connecticut schools.  Ms. Perry has served as a board member of the Stanford Women’s Network of New York, and is a member of the Yale Law School Alumni of New York Steering Committee.