Abigail Shechtman

Abigail Shechtman

Abigail Shechtman

Associate

212.701.3519 Phone vCard
212.378.8137 Fax
ashechtman@cahill.com

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
80 Pine Street
New York, NY 10005-1702

Practices

Education

  • Pomona College, B.A., 2005, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Scott-Winslow Award in Media Studies
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2011, Marshall Brennan Fellow: Distinguished Editor Award, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law
  • Admission

    • New York

An associate in Cahill’s litigation practice group, Abby represents global corporations, banking and financial services institutions, insurance companies, boards and select individuals in litigation and appeals, as well as before government and regulatory bodies.  Her practice focuses on high-stakes commercial litigation, including class actions, criminal and regulatory investigations by the DOJ, SEC, FINRA, the New York Department of Financial Services, and various State Attorneys General, and internal investigations.  The legal issues Abby handles are varied and have included securities fraud, state consumer protection laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws, economic sanctions, FINRA conflict of interest rules, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, and employee theft and other misconduct. 

Many of her recent internal investigation and government enforcement matters have involved the collection and review of documents from other jurisdictions including, most recently, Switzerland, the Bahamas, Brazil, and Mexico.  These matters raise a broad range of legal and technical challenges, including the coordination of foreign language reviews, and compliance with foreign bank secrecy and data protection laws that restrict the transfer of data and production of documents.  

While many of Abby’s matters are not public, some of her recent representations include:

  • A global investment bank, and certain of its current and former executives in an ongoing putative securities fraud class action in the SDNY, stemming from allegations that the bank misrepresented its risk management practices;
  • A victim of human trafficking in a civil lawsuit against his alleged traffickers, on a pro-bono basis;
  • A global investment bank in cross-border securities-related regulatory matters, including FCPA enforcement actions by the DOJ and SEC;
  • A research analyst at a global investment bank in investigation by FINRA into potential undisclosed conflicts of interest;
  • A global investment bank in various internal investigations, including whistleblower allegations involving theft, wrongful termination, breaches of KYC and AML policies, evasion of U.S. tax reporting laws, and market manipulation;
  • An insurance company in the successful settlement on the eve of trial of a class action lawsuit filed in Alabama state court stemming from purported fraud by the insurer and its client in the settlement of an earlier securities class action lawsuit; and
  • A global investment bank in a series of cross-border lawsuits based on billionaire’s failure to meet bank’s margin calls.

Abby graduated cum laude from Pomona College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  At Penn Law, Abby received the Distinguished Editor Award for her work as an associate editor on the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, published a Comment in that journal entitled “The Growing Disfavor of Non-Compete Agreements in the New Economy and Alternative Approaches for Protecting Employers’ Proprietary Information and Trade Secrets,” 13 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 1003 (2010), and, in her third year, was selected through a competitive process as one of 17 Littleton Fellows, trained to assist the faculty in teaching legal research, writing, and oral advocacy to first year law school students.