John R. Spagna

John R. Spagna


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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
32 Old Slip
New York, NY 10005



  • Vassar College, B.A., 1998
  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2003, cum laude

Clerkships/Government Service

  • New York District Attorney's Office, 2006-2011
  • State of New York Attorney General's Office, 2013-2017


  • New York

John R. Spagna advises global companies, boards, committees, and officers and directors in matters involving criminal and regulatory enforcement and in connection with investigations by the DOJ, SEC, and other governmental agencies. 

Prior to joining Cahill, John served as the Special Counsel to the Criminal Division and as the Chief of the Real Estate Enforcement Unit in the State of New York Attorney General's Office.  At the AG's office, John managed and conducted complex white-collar, multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations, including Martin Act securities fraud violations, bank fraud, mortgage fraud and corruption.  

John also served in the New York County's District Attorney's Office where he prosecuted white-collar, violent and organized crime matters involving fraud, bribery, racketeering, enterprise corruption, and state anti-trust violations.  At the DA's office, John also conducted investigations involving international money laundering syndicates with ties to terrorist organizations.  

  • Represented global bank in FINRA examination of AML policies and procedures.
  • Represented global bank in CFTC investigation for collusion in the interest rate swaps market.
  • Represented global bank in an investigation and settlement with the New York State Department of Financial Services which included a fine to settle allegations of improper conduct in its foreign exchange trading business.
  • Represented global bank in an SEC investigation into portability practices of investment advisors.
  • Represented individuals in regulatory matters and in criminal cases on the federal and state level.