Helen Gugel


  • JD, Columbia University School of Law, 2010; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; executive editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review ; Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Certificate of Achievement
  • BA (College of Social Studies), with honors, Wesleyan University, 2006; Baldwin Fellowship; Senior Leadership Award; Thorndike Merit Scholarship


  • New York, 2011
  • Massachusetts, 2011
  • Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2010 - 2011)
  • Burton Awards: Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award 2018

Helen Gugel


Helen Gugel is an associate in the Litigation and Enforcement group. She advises clients on government and internal investigations, enforcement proceedings, and related litigation and compliance matters. Her clients have included global financial institutions, investment advisers, public companies, and individuals.

Helen has been an adjunct professor at the Fordham University School of Law, where she taught Legal Writing and Research, and a Special Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. Prior to joining the firm, Helen clerked for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin in the Southern District of New York. 


Securities and Futures Enforcement:

  • Counsel to numerous private equity fund managers, hedge funds, mutual funds, and other investment advisers in connection with SEC examinations and enforcement matters, including responses to deficiency letters and investigative subpoenas.
  • Represented multinational financial services firm in responding to regulatory inquiries and exams, with a focus on futures and swaps trading.

Government and Internal Investigations:

  • Represented public company in internal investigation and self-reporting to DOJ of issues relating to FCA.
  • Represented executive in an off-label promotion investigation of pharmaceutical company arising out of qui tam suit.
  • Represented multinational corporation in connection with bribery investigation.
  • Represented numerous individuals in benchmark manipulation investigations.


  • Represented independent broker-dealer and affiliated entity in federal and state litigation involving breach of contract and wrongful termination dispute. 
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in securities fraud appellate litigation.

Pro Bono

  • Represented plaintiffs in class action regarding unlawful use of force in city jails.
  • Represented defendant in felon-in-possession federal criminal action.
  • Represented plaintiff in Bivens action alleging inadequate medical treatment.


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