Securities Fraud

Currently representing targets and witnesses in various securities fraud investigations and trials.
  • Representing targets and witnesses in various securities fraud investigations directed by SEC and U.S. Attorneys' Offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
  • Tried complex criminal securities fraud cases to jury verdicts in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
  • Resolved federal criminal and SEC cases alleging revenue recognition fraud against former vice president of international sales of a publicly traded company.
  • Resolved federal criminal insider-trading cases against high-tech engineer and attorney, including successful motions for downward departure at sentencing and probation in both cases.
  • Defended former CFO in SEC investigation of revenue recognition and accounting fraud. No enforcement proceedings were filed.
  • Represented controller of publicly traded company in parallel civil actions and SEC/DOJ investigations arising from securities fraud actions stemming from merger of pharmaceutical companies.
  • Represented general counsel of public company in SEC investigation of possible SOX "reporting up" violation.
  • Represented current and former officers and directors in state and federal derivative and shareholder litigation arising from alleged options backdating.
  • Represented former outside director in state and federal cases brought by company special litigation committee against former management, board members, and others in connection with allegations of backdated stock options.
  • Represented special committee of public national bank in investigation of bank's compliance with anti-money laundering statutes and related regulations.
  • Representing CFO in DOJ prosecution and parallel SEC case relating to alleged backdating of stock option exercises and related tax evasion counts.
  • Defending the founder and former CEO of public software company in connection with an SEC enforcement case pending in the Northern District of California (San Jose) alleging revenue recognition violations.

Firm Highlights

Publication

What’s Privilege Got to Do With It? Practical Tips for Managing Bank Regulators Access to Attorney-Client Privileged Information

The attorney-client privilege, which prohibits the compelled disclosure of confidential communications between an attorney and their client, is enshrined in common law and statutory codes across the country. See, e.g., Cal. Evid. Code §...

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Rethinking Independence in Internal Investigations

ACC Docket May 2018 "Rethinking Independence in Internal Investigations" By Katia Bloom ,  Jessica Nall and Joshua Malone Although an entirely new firm should be hired for an internal investigation in certain circumstances, imposing...

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3 Trends in Criminal Trade Secret Prosecution

Criminal trade secret prosecutions are on the rise nationwide and in the Northern District of California, especially cases relating to alleged theft by Chinese nationals and entities. According to a 2017 report by the...

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Branding Concerns Rise Amid Cryptocurrency Proliferation

New cryptocurrencies and tokens have been popping up all over the place, leading the SEC to set up an initial coin offering (ICO) section on its website and to promote recent enforcement actions in...

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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News

Farella Braun + Martel Wins Benchmark Litigation 2019 San Francisco Firm of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel announces it has been named “San Francisco Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation . Farella Partner Douglas Young accepted the award on behalf of...

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Token Taxonomy Act Seeks to Provide Regulatory Clarity to Crypto Industry

Two United States congressmen introduced legislation in late December that would exclude certain digital currencies from being defined as securities – a bill that, if enacted, may finally provide the cryptocurrency industry with regulatory...

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