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Continuing its strategic expansion in Texas, Vedder Price announced that respected white collar defense attorneys Jeff Ansley and Arianna Goodman have joined the firm as Shareholders in its growing Dallas office. Jeff and Arianna are members of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice and are joined by Katherine Devlin as an Associate. Their team spearheads the firm’s expansion of its white collar defense practice into Texas.

Ansley is a seasoned white collar defense trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, having served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and trial attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Goodman is an accomplished white collar trial lawyer who has been in private practice throughout her career. Together, their practice focuses on white collar criminal and regulatory defense, federal trial and grand jury matters, internal investigations and regulatory proceedings, including criminal and enforcement actions by federal and state agencies. 

Ansley and Goodman regularly defend individuals, corporations, and their key personnel in a variety of high-stakes cases and investigations, ranging from matters involving allegations of health care fraud, securities fraud, wire and mail fraud, honest services fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, anti-kickback and Stark law allegations, bribery and public corruption, among others. They also have extensive experience representing elected officials under investigation or indictment. As part of their investigations practice, Ansley and Goodman regularly conduct internal investigations relating to regulatory compliance, accounting and audit practices, campaign finance, employee misconduct, SEC reporting, federal import-export laws and bribery. 

In the health care industry, Ansley and Goodman represent physicians, hospitals, pharmacists, compounding pharmacies, dentists and marketers in investigations and prosecutions, and both are frequent speakers on issues relating to health care fraud, compliance, investigations and corresponding litigation. In the securities industry, their practice regularly includes representing public companies and their officers and directors, broker-dealers, financial advisers and advisory firms, and others in connection with investigations and proceedings by the SEC, the DOJ and state securities regulators.

Prior to joining Vedder Price, the group was at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas, where Ansley led the firm’s white collar practice. Previously, Ansley, ranked by Chambers-USA for White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Major Fraud and Public Corruption Section for the Northern District of Texas, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, and Trial Attorney with the Division of Enforcement in the SEC’s Fort Worth Regional Office. At Bell Nunnally, Goodman also practiced white collar criminal defense, where she was an integral part of a team that tried multiple federal criminal cases. She previously worked for a large firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has been named to the “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” list since 2021, and has been selected by her peers as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers “Rising Star” since 2017. Devlin, formerly an associate in the white collar defense group at Bell Nunnally, was named on the “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” list in 2022. 

“We were pleased to welcome this accomplished and distinguished white collar defense practice to Vedder,” said Junaid A. Zubairi, Chair of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group. “Jeff and Arianna will be strong team leaders in our growing Dallas office, and we look forward to further strengthening the reach of our government investigations group with the addition of their team. We are thrilled that they will be helping grow our presence and capabilities in Texas and beyond.”

“We’re excited to join Vedder Price’s Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group,” said Goodman. Ansley added, “Our team looks forward to leveraging Vedder Price’s national resources and depth to deliver new services and capabilities to our clients, and to working with our new colleagues across the firm in our national and international offices.”

Ansley received his law degree from the SMU Dedman School of Law, and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Texas A&M University. Goodman received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from University of Arkansas. Devlin received her law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law, and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from University of Nevada.



Katherine M. Devlin


Jeffrey J. Ansley


Arianna Goodman