Mei Lin Kwan-Gett is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York and is co-head of the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group. Ms. Kwan-Gett specializes in white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation.
Ms. Kwan-Gett was honored as the "Up & Coming Litigation Lawyer of the Year" at the 2013 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards. Additionally, Chambers USA ranks Ms. Kwan-Gett among the leading practitioners in the area of Litigation (White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations) in New York, and she was consecutively named by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the “Attorneys Who Matter.” She has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers.
Ms. Kwan-Gett is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the City Bar Justice Center and was a Vice President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Additionally, she is a member of the Practising Law Institute’s Board of Trustees, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the Committee on White Collar Litigation of the New York State Bar Association, a member of the White Collar Crime Committee of the New York City Bar, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
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. 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, and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, where she taught White Collar Criminal Law.
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. She received a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. from Harvard University.