Meghan J. Gilligan Palermo


  • JD, summa cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law, 2012; Associate Notes Editor, Syracuse Law Review; Justinian Honorary Law Society; Order of the Coif; Order of Barristers; Moot Court Honor Society 
  • BA (English, Political Science), magna cum laude, University of Rochester, 2009; Phi Beta Kappa; Take 5 Scholar


  • New York, 2013

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2013
  • Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Secretary, Martha Maher-Garcia Memorial Foundation (2016-present)
  • Member, Domestic Violence Committee, New York City Bar Associate (2013-2016)
  • Her Justice Commitment to Justice Award (2017)
  • Empire State Counsel Honoree (2013, 2015)

Meghan J. Gilligan Palermo


Meghan Gilligan Palermo’s practice focuses on civil and criminal enforcement matters and internal investigations for a wide range of global financial institutions and executives subject to investigations by domestic and foreign regulators. She has conducted investigations into alleged anti-corruption allegations under the FCPA in several countries in Asia, and advised clients on related regulatory and compliance matters. Meghan also has represented large financial institutions in investigations involving the U.S. Tax Program for Swiss Banks, as well as civil enforcement actions by the SEC and FINRA against major financial institutions and individual executives alleging securities law violations.

Meghan maintains an active pro bono practice with a focus on indigent criminal defense, and women and children. She recently served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Southern District of New York, where she represented numerous defendants in felony cases at all stages of prosecution, including as second chair in a high-profile terrorism trial. In 2017, Meghan was awarded Her Justice’s Commitment to Justice Award for her representation of a client in Queens Family Court. 

Prior to joining the firm, Meghan clerked for the Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. 


Securities Enforcement

  • Represented major broker-dealer in securities law investigations by SEC and FINRA related to dark pools and high-frequency trading.*
  • Represented major broker-dealer in SEC investigation concerning conflicts of interest among research analysts and research analyst conduct.*
  • Counsel to hedge fund executives in SEC and FCA investigations concerning alleged securities law violations.  

Government and Internal Investigations

  • Represented multinational financial institution and its employees in connection with civil FCPA enforcement action by SEC and related inquiries by foreign regulators, including the HKMA and FINMA.*
  • Conducted internal investigation on behalf of multinational financial institution related to potential bribery and anti-corruption concerns, and counseled client on related compliance, personnel, and policy matters.*
  • Represented large foreign financial institution in investigation under U.S. Tax Program for Swiss Banks and related inquiries by foreign regulators.*

Litigation and Appellate

  • Represented multinational financial institution in commercial litigations in New York State related to asset-backed securities through successful appeal and/or negotiated resolution.*

Pro Bono

  • Represented client in appeal of second degree murder conviction and clemency petition.*
  • Represented client in petition to enforce child support order in Queens Family Court.*
  • Represented juvenile in proceeding for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.*
  •  Advised national not-for-profit regarding legal challenges related to firearms legislation.*
*Experience prior to joining Ropes & Gray


  • “It’s Not Popular But It Sure Is Right: The (In)Admissibility of Statements Made During the Course of Sex Offender Treatment Programs,” Syracuse Law Review (2012)
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