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Dawn M. Wilson



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Dawn M. Wilson is Counsel in the Securities Litigation, Business Litigation, Title Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation Practice Areas.

When the Big Guns Need a Straight Shooter…

An accomplished litigator, Ms. Wilson brings over 20 years of experience representing banks in business litigation, securities litigation, investigations, and enforcement to her practice at Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer. She also represents financial institutions, corporations, executives, shareholders, and brokers before the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), federal and state banking regulators, and state attorneys general. Major law firms call upon Ms. Wilson when they need sophisticated outside representation for select individuals and groups.

Ms. Wilson also conducts internal investigations – proactively to minimize exposure or in response to a regulatory inquiry. She advises clients regarding ongoing compliance management on policies and procedures, compliance programs, routine reporting, and periodic audits.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Wilson was with Alston & Bird. Previously, she was as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell and Wilmer Hale.



  • Represented investment banking syndicate in In re Refco multi-district securities litigation
  • Defended prime broker in civil litigation and regulatory investigations arising out of bankruptcy of a hedge fund customer
  • Defended broker-dealer in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action concerning proprietary trading
  • Represented director and shareholder of a casino in dispute with board regarding inspection rights under Nevada law
  • Defended commercial bank in Department of Justice investigation and prosecution regarding abandoned property
  • Defended corporation against securities and ERISA class action suits arising out of investment of pension funds in corporation’s stock
  • Represented trust company in class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty and securities violations in operation of securities lending program
  • Conducted internal investigation on behalf of investment bank concerning theft of funds by employee
  • Represented issuers in connection with class actions arising out of mergers and acquisitions activity
  • Conducted internal investigation of broker-dealer regarding compliance with FINRA reporting requirements
  • Defended international metal company in fraud lawsuit with acquirer of subsidiary business
  • Conducted internal investigations and represented broker-dealers in connection with insider trading inquiries by securities regulators


  • New York University School of Law (J.D.,1995)
  • Fordham University (B.A., 1992)


  • New York State (1996)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (2001)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado (2005)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (2010)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2012)


  • Member, New York City Bar Association