A veteran of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Martha B. Stolley brings her criminal trial experience to defending corporations and individuals accused of white collar crimes. She also handles regulatory enforcement matters and related civil litigation, conducts internal investigations, and counsels clients on internal compliance and ethics programs. Her practice spans matters concerning violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and environmental laws; healthcare, municipal bond, securities, and insurance fraud; and money laundering.
Corporate and individual clients regularly turn to Martha when they need representation before the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the New York State Attorney General’s Office, various District Attorneys’ and US Attorneys’ Offices, and other federal and state regulatory agencies.
Her clients include Fortune 500 companies in the technology, retail pharmacy, and food services sectors, as well as organizations engaged in healthcare, construction, and education. Martha also represents individuals, including a man serving a life sentence for a quadruple murder in Austin, Texas, for whom she obtained an order securing that prisoner’s release from jail and dismissal of all charges.
During the eight years she spent with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Martha presented hundreds of cases to grand juries and successfully prosecuted more than 30 jury trials. Those cases encompassed serious charges including attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics trafficking, rape, sexual assault, felony assault, weapons possession, bank robbery, witness tampering, burglary patterns, robbery, criminal contempt, and vehicular homicide. In addition to her trial duties, Martha served in the Sex Crimes, Asian Gang, and Domestic Violence Units. While at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, she also participated in the trial advocacy program, which helped many young lawyers hone their courtroom skills.
Martha serves as chair of the New York Office’s Pro Bono Committee.
Represented a Fortune 500 technology company in multicountry FCPA investigations involving related inquiries by the DOJ, the SEC, and the World Bank.
Conducted FCPA and anticorruption internal investigations in multiple countries on behalf of a Fortune 500 technology company.
Represented a Fortune 500 retail pharmacy chain in connection with government, administrative, and civil investigations into billing practices and obtained favorable resolutions in multiple audits by the New York Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.
Successfully defended a Fortune 500 retail pharmacy chain in an investigation by the New York Attorney General’s Office into alleged violations of New York’s General Business Law and health code provisions.
Represented a Fortune 500 food services company in an investigation by the New York Attorney General’s Office relating to alleged violation of state human rights laws in hiring practices, negotiated a favorable resolution and drafted a favorable monitoring plan.
Represented a Fortune 500 food services company in sales tax investigations by the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Investigated allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against a Fortune 500 food services company.
Successfully defended an individual in a federal investigation into alleged money laundering and structuring.
Investigated and successfully defended a hospital corporation in federal civil litigation involving allegations of breach of privacy and violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Represented an individual against allegations of bid-rigging in the municipal finance industry.
Investigated allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by an employee of a major music conservatory.
Successfully defended an FBI Special Agent in an investigation by the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).
Represented a corporation and individuals in an SEC investigation into alleged bank fraud, accounting fraud, and violations of Sarbanes-Oxley.
Represented a national infrastructure construction company in criminal and civil investigations by the district attorney’s office and the New York Public Service Commission.
Represented a worldwide education company in a long-term grand jury investigation into standardized testing security.
Obtained an order securing the release from jail and dismissal of all charges against an individual serving a life sentence for a quadruple murder in Austin, Texas.
Northwestern University, B.A., With Honors
Northwestern University School of Law, 1998, J.D., Cum Laude
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Dispute Resolution - White-Collar Criminal Defense, The Legal 500 US (2016, 2017)