Allison Charney



Allison Charney is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice concentrates on securities litigation and enforcement matters, government investigations, and white collar litigation. Ms. Charney is a member of the firm’s Securities Enforcement & Litigation and Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practices, as well as the firm’s Blockchain Task Force.

Ms. Charney represents leading financial services firms and Fortune 500 companies in litigation and investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, New York State Attorney General, and various stock exchanges and self-regulatory organizations. In addition to her extensive government investigations and litigation experience, Ms. Charney advises clients in cybersecurity compliance matters and also counsels FinTech and RegTech companies on the financial services regulatory landscape.

Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Charney was a partner at a large multinational law firm. Ms. Charney also served as a summer law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs, as well as a research assistant for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.


Ms. Charney has been named to “New York Rising Stars” for Securities Litigation, Schools & Education, and General Litigation by Super Lawyers® in 2011 – 2016.


Ms. Charney earned her J.D. from the Emory University School of Law in 2006 where she was a member of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. She received a B.A. in History and Politics from Brandeis University in 2001.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Ms. Charney is admitted to practice in New York, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association and New York State Bar Association. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Medical-Legal Partnership Board at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a major financial institution in SEC investigation of insider trading
  • Representation of a broker-dealer in FINRA investigation of short sale violations
  • Representation of a broker-dealer in FINRA investigation of Regulation M violations
  • Representation of individuals in FERC litigation relating to energy trading
  • Representation of an investment bank in SEC action concerning backdating of stock options
  • Representation of an insurance company in a college health insurance investigation by New York State Attorney General
  • Representation of a lender in higher education student loan investigation by the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Education and New York State Attorney General

*Certain of these matters occurred prior to Ms. Charney joining Foley & Lardner LLP


  • “FINRA’s Examination Priorities and Enforcement Initiatives: Analysis and Predictions,” Foley & Lardner LLP Webinar, February 2017
  • “Not Your Mother’s E-Discovery,” National Association of Women Lawyers’ 8th Annual General Counsel Institute, November 2012