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Mary Mulligan

Lecturer in Law

Mary Mulligan

Mary E. Mulligan is a partner at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP where her practice combines white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations with intellectual property litigation. She served from 1997 to 2002 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York directing investigations and prosecutions of fraud, public corruption, and financial crimes. At FKSA, Ms. Mulligan has represented individuals and corporations in matters involving allegations of insider trading, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, criminal antitrust violations, securities fraud, tax fraud, and healthcare fraud. She has conducted internal investigations concerning alleged securities law violations, accounting control issues, and corporate governance practices. She also has extensive experience representing individuals outside the United States in responding to United States inquiries and investigations. Ms. Mulligan also is well versed in money-laundering laws and regulations, including the USA Patriot Act and the Bank Secrecy Act, and she has represented clients in matters involving allegations of money laundering and lending material support to a terrorist organization. She also has experience with international economic sanctions monitored by OFAC, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and its accompanying regulations. Ms. Mulligan also has extensive experience in defending civil False Claims Act cases as well as parallel criminal investigations.


Ms. Mulligan's intellectual property practice has included defending a manufacturer of biological therapeutic products against breach of contract and trade secrets claims, representing a major consumer electronics manufacturer in putative nationwide class actions, defending a cosmetics company against allegations of false advertising and representing companies and individuals in matters involving the alleged theft of trade secrets and intellectual property.


Ms. Mulligan also handles a variety of matters involving institutions of higher education, including advising on governance, intellectual property, and Title IX issues, conducting internal investigations, and responding to local, state, and federal inquiries. Ms. Mulligan is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


Ms. Mulligan graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1983 and received her law degree cum laude in 1989 from New York University School of Law. At NYU, she was a member of the Order of the Coif, held a Libel Defense Resource Center Fellowship, and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Administrative Law and the Moot Court Advocacy Award. After law school, she served as a law clerk to The Honorable Henry A. Politz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and was a litigator at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. From 2002 to 2006, Ms. Mulligan worked in business and legal affairs at the Universal Music Group, the world’s largest recorded music company where she supervised complex civil litigation, compliance and regulatory matters.


From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Mulligan served as a commissioner on New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board. Ms. Mulligan is a board member of the Legal Action Center and is a member of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation. She also serves on the Criminal Justice Act panel for the Southern District of New York representing indigent defendants in federal criminal proceedings. Ms. Mulligan is a member of the New York City Bar and the American Bar Association.


Ms. Mulligan has been selected to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers list and was also included on the New York Super Lawyers list in 2014 and 2013. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually using the multiphase Super Lawyers selection process which includes, among other factors, peer evaluation.

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