Ms. McGrail’s practice focuses on serving financial services firms and public companies facing civil litigation and regulatory enforcement matters, as well as counseling clients on compliance with industry regulations. A significant portion of Ms. McGrail’s practice has been dedicated to counseling and defending broker-dealers and investment advisors. She has experience in matters involving equity, fixed income, and derivative trading; broker/dealer and investment adviser compliance system design and review; fiduciary investment issues; regulatory registration issues; transactional disclosure issues; cybersecurity compliance; employing big data analytics, and litigation in federal and state courts, administrative proceedings, disciplinary hearings and arbitrations. She handles all stages of complex commercial litigation, from pre-suit investigations and counseling to motions practice, discovery and trial.
Ms. McGrail has also defended mortgage originators and residential mortgage backed securities sponsors in litigation and government investigation spawned by the 2008 financial crisis. She was a member of a team that had numerous big wins, including the dismissal of monoline bond insurer plaintiffs from a $1.8B lawsuit, favorable settlements, and protection of sensitive client information in discovery.
In addition, Ms. McGrail advises companies concerning compliance with the emergent regulatory structure surrounding cybersecurity, including as it relates to policies and procedures, vendor due diligence, information governance, and incident response. She has experience advising broker-dealers and advisors on efficient ways to use big data analytics to avoid and respond to regulatory inquiries. In January 2017, she spoke on a SIFMA Conference Panel entitled, “Responding to Regulatory Inquiries in the Big Data Age: Is Your Firm Ready?”
Ms. McGrail is the firm’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, where she is charged with attracting, retaining, and championing top-flight, diverse, legal talent. She is also the founder of the firm’s Women’s Initiative and hosts, sponsors, and participates in several efforts that advance the development of women in law.