The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Matthew C. Solomon has been appointed Deputy Chief Litigation Counsel of the Division of Enforcement, where he will assist in the oversight of the Washington headquarters trial unit as well as trial attorneys in 11 regional offices.
Mr. Solomon has been a federal prosecutor for more than 10 years, most recently serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia. Since 2010, Mr. Solomon has been the Chief of the Fraud Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, supervising 25 prosecutors handling hundreds of white collar criminal matters including securities fraud offenses.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Solomon was a federal prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Solomon tried approximately two dozen cases involving such charges as extortion, money laundering, tax fraud, bribery, drug offenses, and obstruction of justice.
“Matt is an experienced trial attorney who has won praise from the bench, the defense bar, and the prosecutorial community for his exceptional trial skills and sound judgment,” said Robert Khuzami, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. “Matt will be a welcomed addition to the SEC’s talented and dedicated trial unit.”
Matthew T. Martens, Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC’s Enforcement Division, added, “The capacity to litigate complex matters through trial is essential to the mission of the Enforcement Division. Matt’s substantial trial experience combined with his managerial experience in the U.S. Attorney’s Office make him an ideal candidate to help lead the SEC’s trial unit.”
Mr. Solomon said, “I am excited about the opportunity to help further the Enforcement Division’s goals of protecting investors and aggressively enforcing the securities laws.”
In addition to his work as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Solomon also served as a Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge James Robertson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and then as a law clerk for Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Solomon received his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Wesleyan University.
Mr. Solomon, 39, is filling the Deputy Chief Litigation Counsel position previously held by Mark Adler, who left the agency to serve as Deputy Chief Trial Counsel at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Mr. Solomon’s expected start date at the SEC is in June.