Antonia M. Apps is a partner in Milbank’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Group. A former federal prosecutor, she is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with experience in criminal and civil matters. She has represented public companies, private equity firms, hedge funds and high-level executives facing bet-the-company government investigations and billion-dollar commercial litigation.
Prior to joining Milbank, Antonia served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she led many of the government’s highest-profile securities fraud and insider trading cases, including the prosecution of the hedge fund S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P. As a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, she investigated and prosecuted a wide range of financial industry cases involving investment fraud, accounting fraud, broker-dealer fraud, market manipulation, fraud stemming from the sale of RMBS and CDOs, money laundering and obstruction. Antonia prosecuted more than 20 insider trading defendants and tried numerous securities fraud trials. She also argued several appeals in the Second Circuit, including the landmark case of U.S. v. Newman, for which she was the lead prosecutor at trial and on appeal. In 2014, Antonia received the Executive Office of US Attorneys’ Director’s Award for Superior Performance.
Antonia is ranked in Chambers USA (Band 2), where clients have described her as a “terrific trial lawyer” who “understands the difficulties of the world we live in” and gives “advice tailored to a practical approach.” Lawdragon has named Antonia in its list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America each year since 2014. She was named a 2020 Litigation Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, which recognizes lawyers who have made significant impact on legal practice, policy or technological advancements. In 2019, Antonia was named in Crain’s New York Business’ “Notable Women in Law” list in recognition of her distinguished career and exceptional civic and philanthropic activities.
She serves on the Board of the Office of Appellate Defender (OAD), a non-profit organization that works to provide high-quality, post-conviction representation to indigent individuals, and supports Milbank’s pro bono work with the OAD. She was appointed under the Criminal Justice Act by the Board of Judges of the Southern District of New York to represent indigent defendants in federal criminal trials in which the Federal Defender has a conflict.
Antonia has authored numerous articles in industry publications and is regularly quoted in news articles. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences convened by the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association, American Bar Association, New York City Bar Association and the Practising Law Institute. She also teaches a class at Harvard Law School on White Collar Criminal Law and Procedure.