Anna Moody is a counsel in Debevoise’s Litigation Department, resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on securities-related enforcement defense, SEC examinations, internal investigations and white collar criminal defense. She also has significant experience representing corporate clients and their officers and directors in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation.
Ms. Moody represents individuals, private firms and public companies in SEC and DOJ investigations and internal investigations. She advises on a variety of regulatory and enforcement issues. Although much of Ms. Moody’s work is highly confidential, some of her representations include:
- A software developer in an SEC investigation related to a cyber attack.
- An investment management firm in an SEC investigation related to fee disclosures and MNPI policies and procedures.
- A multistrategy private fund in an SEC examination, as well as in multiple SEC and FINRA enforcement investigations.
- Multiple individuals in DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged FCPA violations related to oil refineries abroad.
- The $25 billion arm of a diversified financial services institution in an SEC examination deficiency response.
- The Board of Directors of Capital One Financial in obtaining dismissal with prejudice of a shareholder derivative action alleging that the board members breached their duty of loyalty by consciously disregarding their responsibility to oversee the company’s compliance with various anti-money laundering laws.
- An individual in a DOJ investigation alleging FCPA violations relating to activities in Somalia.
- MetLife in multiple securities class action and derivative lawsuits challenging the company’s estimates of liabilities for incurred but not reported claims.
- JPMorgan Chase in SEC and other regulatory investigations relating to the issuance of RMBS securities.
- Former CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals in civil securities class actions relating to the company’s restatement and sales practices.
- JP Morgan Chase & Co. and certain of its affiliates in dismissal of a class action lawsuit challenging the provision of private mortgage reinsurance under RESPA.
- In the United States Supreme Court, a private trust in its challenge of North Carolina’s assessment of tax against the non-resident trustee.
Ms. Moody also has an active pro bono practice and has represented clients in matters including:
- A Louisiana abortion clinic and its doctors, on their own behalf and on behalf of their patients, in successfully challenging the constitutionality of Louisiana’s targeted regulation of abortion providers.
- The Nature Conservancy in an action seeking relief for damage to the Atlantic Double Dunes nature preserve.
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, the American College of Physicians and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine as amici curiae in support of plaintiff-appellees in a class action challenge to a government policy of blocking abortions for immigrant teens in federal custody.
Ms. Moody is executive editor of the Debevoise Insider Trading Disclosure Update. Her recent publications include “Insider Trading Enforcement Against Lawmakers Is Growing”, Law360 (November 2022).
Ms. Moody joined the firm in 2009. From 2010 to 2011, she clerked for the Hon. James G. Carr, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Ms. Moody received a J.D. from Columbia University, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and head articles editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. She received a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish, with honors, from Washington University.
Ms. Moody is a member of the Bars of New York, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. She is conversant in Spanish and German.