Charlita Mays has a diverse litigation practice that consists of representing clients in complex commercial and financial litigations, securities enforcement investigations, white collar criminal proceedings, and internal investigations.
Ms. Mays has represented an array of financial institutions including investment banks, hedge funds, and private equity funds, as well as other public and privately-held corporations. Ms. Mays has also represented numerous individuals and financial institutions in investigations before the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, New York Stock Exchange, NASD, and New York State Attorney General’s Office. In addition to representing clients before state and federal courts and regulatory bodies, Ms. Mays has represented clients in arbitration proceedings and mediations.
Criminal and Securities Enforcement Matters
Notable representations in criminal and securities enforcement matters include:
- representation of senior executive of major international bank in connection with FCPA criminal investigation by the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York;
- representation of former Deutsche Bank employee in connection with fraud investigation by SEC concerning trading in commercial mortgage-backed securities;
- representation of an employee of a U.S. bank in connection with an investigation by the SEC concerning potential books and records violations;
- representation of executive director of international bank in connection with criminal investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York of a derivatives trading strategy executed by the so-called “London Whale”;
- representation of bank employees and former employees in connection with investigations of certain foreign currency exchange trading practices by the Department of Justice, the New York Department of Financial Services, and other U.S. regulators (with parallel investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Fraud Office);
- representation of executive at proxy solicitation firm in connection with criminal investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts;
- representation of a former Morgan Stanley Executive Director in a criminal jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York involving charges of honest-services fraud in connection with Morgan Stanley’s stock loan business (with representation continued through appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit);
- representation of corporate executive in connection with criminal investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office concerning accounting practices of public company;
- representation of former investment advisor in connection with fraud investigation by SEC concerning new issue corporate bonds;
- representation of former officer of global institutional trading network (or “dark pool”) in SEC investigation of certain practices by the firm; and
- representation of a former Merrill Lynch employee in a hearing before FINRA’s Office of Hearing Officers; Ms. Mays argued the appeal of the Hearing Officers’ decision before a subcommittee of FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council.
Notable representations in civil matters include:
- representation of investment banks in connection with third-party discovery in various litigations involving residential mortgage-backed securities;
- representation of public company in various breach of contract lawsuits regarding license agreements;
- representation of executive in connection with lawsuit by former employer;
- representation of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in a civil action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging contractual indemnification and federal environmental claims; and
- representation of Columbia University and Columbia University physicians in connection with civil qui tam lawsuit against New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Ms. Mays is committed to pro bono work. For example, she represented an individual in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in an action for a writ of habeas corpus and won a motion granting the individual an evidentiary hearing.
Ms. Mays is a member of the Federal Bar Council, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, and the Association of Black Women Attorneys.