Jeffrey E. McFadden is a veteran trial, appellate, and enforcement lawyer with more than 27 years of experience litigating – and winning -- cases in state and federal courts and administrative forums across the country. He represents corporations, primarily in the insurance and financial products sectors, and individuals in high-stakes civil and criminal litigation, administrative enforcement matters, and arbitrations. He has led or been involved in any number of internal investigations on behalf of financial services, insurance, and other corporate clients, with a particular focus on financial and accounting fraud, including the Special Investigative Committee of the Board of Directors of Enron Corp.
Jeff’s litigation track record may best be exemplified by the significant number of trial-level and appellate victories he obtained over a seven-year period in federal and state courts around the country while serving as a senior supervisory partner and national trial counsel for a Fortune 50 insurance company, defending large-scale asbestos, welding fume, and silica litigation. Heading that team’s motions practice and personally arguing dozens of summary judgment motions and appeals, Jeff virtually shut down the client’s asbestos litigation in several states and neutralized its welding fume and silica litigation before it got off the ground, saving the client tens of millions of dollars in settlement and defense costs. On behalf of another large insurance company, Jeff is currently representing one of the corporate defendants in the personal injury cases arising out of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013.
Jeff has a wealth of white collar criminal defense and corporate internal investigation experience. He represented a former senior government official before the Iran-Contra prosecutor, represented a former foreign government official in a criminal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation, and served as counsel to the Honor Review Committee of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, drafting the final report submitted to the Secretary of the Navy.
Jeff also has extensive experience in private securities litigation in areas such as securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative suits and transaction injunction suits. He has represented corporate and individual clients in SEC and FINRA enforcement investigations and actions involving insider trading, sales practices, accounting fraud, disclosure of related-party transactions, touting, scalping and other securities-related investigations. In the corporate governance space, Jeff has substantial litigation experience in officer and director liability and advancement and indemnification rights under state corporation law. He also has significant experience defending clients in federal False Claims Act cases, particularly in cases alleging health care fraud and mortgage fraud. Jeff is a regular speaker at conferences hosted by the Health Care Compliance Association.
Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Jeff was the chair of the securities litigation & enforcement group at another prominent Washington, D.C., law firm. Early in his legal career, he served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Before entering private practice, he served as a lecturer in English at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD; as a Special Assistant and Speechwriter for the Secretary of the Navy; as a systems engineer at General Electric Co.; and as a nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy.