Katherine McGrail is a litigation attorney in the firm's Virginia office. Ms. McGrail's practice is focused in the area of complex securities litigation involving claims under the Federal Securities Acts of 1933 and 1934, as well as claims brought under state securities laws. Ms. McGrail has also represented clients in regulatory investigations before the SEC, FINRA and state regulators. Ms. McGrail’s practice also includes defending mortgage originators and RMBS sponsors in litigation and government investigation spawned by the 2008 financial crisis.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Ms. McGrail worked at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter as a Financial Advisor where she managed equity portfolios for institutional and individual clients. While obtaining her law degree, Ms. McGrail worked in the Office of the General Counsel Regulatory Group at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith. She has also worked as an Enforcement Attorney with the Regulatory Division of the North Carolina Securities Division.
Ms. McGrail is the firm’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, where she is charged with attracting, retaining, and championing top-flight 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.
Securities Litigation and Enforcement