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Bradley J. Bondi is a partner in Cahill’s litigation practice group and is a leader of its securities enforcement and regulatory practices. Brad resides in Cahill’s Washington, D.C. and New York offices.
He is a senior adviser to financial institutions and global corporations, boards of directors, audit committees, special committees and officers and directors of publicly-held companies in significant corporate and securities matters (civil or criminal), with particular emphasis on SEC and DOJ enforcement challenges, significant litigation, crisis management, internal investigations, accounting and compliance issues, and governance challenges. The Legal 500 recognized Brad for being “tenacious, knowledgeable and highly effective.” In recognizing him as one of the top 40 securities enforcement lawyers in the country, Securities Docket described Brad as “the first choice among Boards of Directors and Audit Committees of the Fortune 500 when their company is faced with SEC or DOJ problems.”
Brad advises clients in connection with regulatory enforcement actions, private lawsuits, governmental and congressional investigations arising from suspected violations of securities laws, accounting irregularities, internal controls, market manipulation, revenue recognition issues, tax-related matters, insider trading, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other commercial bribery law compliance, compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts, potential antitrust concerns, and cybersecurity. Brad also oversees complex civil and criminal litigation, such as securities litigation, corporate control litigation, commercial litigation, contractual disputes, arbitrations, and criminal proceedings. He has litigated significant legal disputes in various state and federal courts, including serving as counsel of record for a successful amicus curiae brief before the Supreme Court of the United States in Yates v. United States (construing Sarbanes-Oxley’s criminal provision for document destruction, 18 U.S.C. § 1519). He served as counsel of record for an amicus curiae brief before the Supreme Court of the United States in Salman v. United States (concerning the personal benefit element of insider trading law). In a counseling role, he regularly advises companies, financial institutions, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and hedge funds and their respective boards on issues relating to compliance with securities laws, criminal laws, SEC and FINRA rules, and governance requirements.
Brad defends public companies, financial institutions, boards, committees, and individuals in enforcement actions, prosecutions, and investigations initiated by federal and state agencies and departments, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ), United States Attorneys and grand juries, State Attorneys General, Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC), Office of the Controller of the Currency (OCC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Federal Reserve, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On occasion, Brad has served as an expert witness regarding issues relating to securities law and insider trading law.
Former Government Service:
Brad formerly served as a member of the executive staff of the SEC as Counsel to two Commissioners for enforcement actions and regulatory rulemaking. In this capacity, he advised on enforcement matters and regularly liaised with SEC Enforcement staff in the home and regional offices on numerous enforcement actions. He also served on the steering committee for the SEC’s “Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2010-2015” and on working groups related to enforcement initiatives. While at the SEC, Brad was detailed to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission where he served as deputy general counsel and led one of the three investigative teams examining the causes of the financial crisis. In that role, he interfaced with various other regulators and law enforcement agencies. He also briefly served on detail as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, handling criminal prosecutions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of Virginia. Following law school, Brad served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward E. Carnes (now-Chief) Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In late 2016 and early 2017, Brad served on the Presidential Transition Team (45th President of the United States) for the financial services agencies, leading the "Landing Team" to the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Brad is a frequent speaker at business and legal conferences, and he has authored articles and book chapters on securities law, criminal law, corporate governance, and the attorney-client privilege and work-product protection. Articles that he authored have been published by the law journals of Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, the University of Virginia School of Law, and Fordham Law School. He has authored two book chapters on white-collar criminal defense strategy for Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books, 2007), and he formerly served as an associate editor of the Business Crimes Bulletin. He also has co-authored, among other pieces, a definitive piece on insider trading law, “The Law of Insider Trading: Legal Theories, Common Defenses, and Best Practices for Ensuring Compliance,” and, with SEC Commissioner Paul Atkins, wrote an extensive account of the SEC Enforcement program, “Evaluating the Mission: A Critical Review of the History and Evolution of the SEC Enforcement Program.” He currently writes a monthly column on issues pertaining to directors for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
In addition to his practice, Brad teaches advanced securities law classes as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and George Mason University School of Law. He serves as a senior fellow at the Center for Financial Stability, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and independent think tank focusing on financial markets for the benefit of investors, officials, and the public. He is involved in international regulatory issues as a member of the Pallanza Group, an annual gathering of U.S. and European leaders hosted by the Istituto Bruno Leoni of Milan, Italy. In 2012, he served as a delegate to the 34th Annual American Council on Germany Young Leaders Conference in Germany. He also is a member of the board of advisors of the Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute, which supports education and research in economic crime and information security and functions as a resource for corporate, government, and law enforcement entities; and he is a member of the Exchequer Club of Washington.
Honors and Awards:
Brad has earned national recognition in multiple areas of the law: securities enforcement defense, board counseling and representation, criminal law, financial and securities regulation, and litigation. In the field of securities enforcement defense, he was named to Securities Docket’s current “Enforcement 40,” the list of the top 40 “best and brightest” securities enforcement attorneys in the country (regardless of age). For his work with boards of directors, Brad was listed in the National Association of Corporate Directors’ 2012 Directorship 100 list of "People to Watch" in the board room. In the field of criminal law, the National Institute of Trial Lawyers named him to its Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers in the State of New York for 2014 and 2015. In 2015, the Super Lawyers Directory identified him as a “Super Lawyer” for securities litigation and white-collar criminal defense, and The Legal 500 recommended him in the categories of securities litigation and white-collar criminal defense, which recognized him as “tenacious, knowledgeable and highly effective.” Brad also is listed in the Best Lawyers publication for Financial Services Regulation Law, and he is recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. Brad has achieved the highest peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell of "AV Preeminent” in securities law, litigation, and corporate law. Global Investigations Review previously named Brad to its “40 Under 40" list of the world’s leading investigations lawyers under the age of 40; and Legal Force previously listed him as a “best lawyer” in financial securities law.
Charitable and Civic Involvement:
Brad is active in charitable and civic organizations. For the past ten years, Brad has served as a “Big Brother” with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He serves on the board of directors of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides), the National Sporting Arts Library and Museum (an organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports), and the Arlington Soccer Association (an organization that provides quality soccer programs and experiences for people of all abilities, backgrounds and financial means in Arlington and surrounding communities).
Brad earned his LL.M. (with distinction) in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, where he finished with an unprecedented perfect grade-point average and seven book awards. He received Georgetown's Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Prize for having the best academic record in his class. He earned his J.D. (with high honors, Order of the Coif, Intramural Best Trial Advocate), M.B.A. (dual concentrations in both Finance and Management), and B.S. (with highest honors, the Outstanding Male Graduate, Beta Gamma Sigma, undergraduate honors program) from the University of Florida. He was admitted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame, received numerous academic and leadership awards, and finished at the top of the class in each academic degree while matriculating early. In addition, he studied at Oxford University for a semester during law school, and he earned a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.
Brad serves on Cahill’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Business Development Committee, and Publications Committee. He is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., New York and Florida, and several federal courts.