Daniel A. Goldfried Partner

Dan is a seasoned litigator who represents individuals and institutions in a broad range of commercial litigation disputes and government investigations, with an emphasis on securities enforcement and regulatory compliance.

He has significant experience in parallel civil and criminal investigations and conducting internal investigations.  He also has extensive courtroom experience, trying to verdict three jury trials, an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court, and numerous arbitrations. 

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Dan served as Assistant General Counsel and Senior Vice President of the Regulatory Inquiries Group at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.  During his ten years at the Bank, Dan managed high profile, complex regulatory investigations, including the Bank’s financial crisis investigations, conducted by the SEC, DOJ, State Attorneys General (including New York, California and the Massachusetts Securities Division), FINRA, the CFTC, and international regulators. These matters involved fixed income securitization, underwriting, sales and trading, mark-ups, supervision and surveillance, research, insider trading, FCPA, and AML issues.  Dan also handled numerous retail brokerage matters involving a wide variety of issues, including suitability, churning, insider trading, selling away, outside business activities, mutual fund share class purchases, 529 savings plans, the sale of alternative investments, improper time and price discretion, forgery, circumvention of required supervisory reviews, improper use of margin, and improper registration.   Finally, Dan conducted internal investigations of Bank employees for possible sales practice abuses and other forms of alleged regulatory misconduct.

Prior to joining the Bank, Dan was a Senior Counsel at the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in New York. There, he managed multiple significant investigations involving mutual fund market timing, insider trading by hedge funds, market manipulation by an international investment bank, an offering fraud by a penny stock promoter, and financial fraud by insurance companies.  He also represented the SEC in federal court proceedings and before Administrative Law Judges.

Dan began his career as a commercial litigator at one of the largest law firms in the desert Southwest, where he was elected partner in 2003. 

Upon graduating law school, Dan clerked for Chief Judge Robert C. Broomfield, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and the Honorable Lawrence S. Margolis, U.S. Court of Federal Claims.


Represented a broker-dealer in multiple investigations by the SEC and DOJ into its fixed income securitization businesses, disclosures, and associated sales practices.

Represented a senior fixed income structured product trader in an SEC investigation involving alleged market manipulation.

Represented a senior fixed income trader in an SEC investigation of alleged fraudulent trading practices.

Represented a broker-dealer and retail branch supervisors in a FINRA investigation into their supervision of registered representatives.

Represented numerous Financial Advisers in SEC investigations involving alleged insider trading.

On behalf of a broker-dealer, conducted an internal investigation into whistleblower allegations of numerous compliance related violations by a Financial Adviser and his Sales Assistant, including forgery, circumvention of supervisory correspondence and marketing reviews, and solicitation in a State in which he was not registered.

Represented a broker-dealer in a FINRA investigation into improper fingerprinting and supervisory screening of associated persons.

On behalf of a broker-dealer, conducted an internal investigation into whistleblower allegations that it failed to adequately maintain, follow and enforce policies and procedures designed to protect material non- public information.

Represented a Research Analyst in an investigation by the SEC and US Attorney’s Office regarding financial fraud by a covered company.

Represented a broker-dealer in an SEC investigation into the communications between its Research Analyst and a covered company.

Represented a Compliance executive in a FINRA investigation into the accuracy of his responses during a FINRA exam.

Represented multiple broker-dealers in retail customer arbitrations involving a variety of issues, including suitability, selling away and churning.

Represented a broker-dealer in investigations by FINRA and criminal authorities into a Financial Adviser’s alleged churning of a municipality’s accounts so as to no longer be in a position of having received excess compensation from the Firm.

On behalf of a broker-dealer, obtained a federal court TRO and parallel arbitration order preventing a departed Financial Adviser from soliciting the broker-dealer’s clients.

Represented an attorney in a month long jury trial against claims of malpractice, violations of ethical rules, and punitive damages.

Represented a leading technology company in a two week jury trial against a former employee and alleged whistleblower.

Represented a broker-dealer in a FINRA investigation of alleged improper householding of accounts.

  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, with Honors; Member, The George Washington Law Review, 1994
  • University of Virginia, BA, Foreign Affairs, 1991

Member, New York State Bar Association Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation

Member, New York State Bar Association Sub-Committee on Securities Fraud

Member, SIFMA Legal and Compliance Division

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Panelist, "Current Trends in Regulatory Enforcement: Out with the Old and in with the Older?," Consero Corporate Litigation Executive Roundtable, September 10, 2015
  • Panelist, "SEC Regulatory Developments and How it Will Affect Securities Enforcement," IQPC 7th Securities Litigation and Enforcement Summit, October 3, 2011
  • Panelist, "Responding to Government Investigations: Strategies and Recent Developments," Association of Corporate Counsel, Greater New York Chapter, December 7, 2010
  • Panelist, "Addressing New Issues in FINRA, SEC and State Examinations and Enforcement Proceedings," National Society of Compliance Professionals, East Coast Regional Meeting, June 7, 2010
  • Guest Lecturer, "The Expectations of Internal Counsel," Fordham Law School, February 12, 2010
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