WASHINGTON (June 24, 2009) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces that Bruce M. Bettigole has joined the firm as a partner in its Litigation Practice Group, based in the Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Bettigole focuses his practice on securities enforcement and regulatory matters. He provides counsel across a broad spectrum of securities enforcement matters, including allegations of accounting fraud, stock manipulation, insider trading, sales practices and supervision, anti-money laundering program deficiencies, and other key issues.
“I am pleased to welcome Bruce to Sutherland and our Litigation Practice Group," said Litigation Co-Practice Group Leader, Richard G. Murphy Jr. “Bruce is an outstanding lawyer whose extensive experience in securities enforcement and securities litigation will greatly enhance the breadth and depth of our practice in this area."
Mr. Bettigole represents clients involved in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) investigations and litigation, and private securities class actions as well as in FINRA arbitrations.
“Our Securities Regulatory and Enforcement Team has extensive experience with the SEC, the DOJ, FINRA and PCAOB," said Head of Sutherland’s Securities Enforcement and White Collar Litigation Practice, Neil S. Lang. “The addition of a lawyer of Bruce’s caliber will further emphasize our commitment to continuing as a national leader in this area."
Before joining Sutherland, Mr. Bettigole was a partner at Mayer Brown. He served from 1991 to 2004 with the SEC and NASD (now known as FINRA), and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of Florida, the District of New Jersey, and the District of Nevada. From 2003 to 2004, he was a Chief Counsel for NASD Enforcement, supervising FINRA investigations and litigation. He also was Chief Counsel of NASD’s Criminal Prosecution Assistance Group from its inception in 1998 until 2003, supervising the unit and assisting federal, state and local prosecutors nationwide in criminal securities-related investigations and prosecutions. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Bettigole was an Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel with the SEC.
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