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Jennifer L. Achilles

Jennifer L. Achilles



  • Tulane Law School, 2003, J.D., magna cum laude, Tulane Law Review; Tulane Moot Court Appellate Team; Tulane Law Women - President; Order of the Coif; General Maurice Hirsch Award for University and Community Service; James Cooke Johnson Scholarship
  • Yale University, 1998, M.S., Organic Chemistry
  • Vassar College, 1996, A.B., Chemistry

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit

Jennifer is a partner in the Global Regulatory Enforcement Group in the New York office. She represents clients in regulatory, criminal, and compliance matters, as well as in complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts. Jennifer leads internal company investigations resulting from whistleblower complaints and subpoenas in advance of and in connection with government investigations. She also advises domestic and global companies on implementing corrective actions and presenting investigative findings to the government through the self-disclosure process.

Jennifer has defended public and private companies, as well as their officers and directors, in insider trading, market manipulation, fraud, antitrust and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations by the SEC, CFTC, FINRA, DOJ, and New York DA’s and AG’s offices. Jennifer has managed large document productions in response to subpoenas, prepared and defended witnesses to give sworn testimony, and participated in proffers and settlement negotiations.

Jennifer has also defended financial institutions in investor litigation resulting from the financial crisis, and has counseled clients regarding recent regulatory requirements resulting from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Employment History

  • 2010 - Reed Smith
  • 2007 - Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason Anello & Bohrer, P.C.
  • 2004 - Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • 2002 - Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic


  • Honorable James J. Brady, U.S. District Court - Middle District of Louisiana (2003-2004)

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense: White Collar, New York Metro Area’s Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016
  • BTI Client All-Stars 2016
  • Rising Star, New York Metro Area’s Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013 and 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Advisory Board, Law360 Securities Editorial
  • Federal Bar Council
    • Member of the Diversity Committee
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Compliance & Legal Section
  • New York Women’s Bar Association, Ethics Committee

Notable Quotes

  • "No Violation ‘Too Small’ as SEC Sets Enforcement Record," Law.com, 11 October 2016