Division of Enforcement — Attorney Openings
The SEC's Division of Enforcement is seeking resumes from attorneys interested in working in its investigation branches. The Division investigates possible violations of the federal securities laws, recommends Commission action when appropriate, either in federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiates settlements of these actions if possible or litigates the cases if necessary.
The alleged violations investigated by the staff of the Division encompass a wide range of conduct — including insider trading, market manipulation, financial reporting and accounting fraud, offering fraud and violations by professional market intermediaries (e.g., broker-dealers, transfer agents, investment companies, investment advisers, etc.) and persons associated with them. Attorneys assigned to the investigation branches generally have the opportunity to work on cases involving a number of these kinds of violations and to play important and responsible roles in the investigation of these matters.
While the SEC has the power to institute civil and administrative enforcement actions, its enforcement staff also works closely, where appropriate, with criminal prosecutors in the context of actions filed by the prosecutors involving criminal violations of the securities laws.
The Division is looking for attorneys who have a J.D. from an accredited law school, are a member of the bar, have a minimum of one year of legal experience in the securities field or in a related financial field, and have excellent writing, communication and analytical skills. Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of the statutes and regulations administered by the Commission or experience in complex commercial/business litigation, are especially desirable. The Division currently is giving preference to experienced lawyers who have been practicing in the areas described above for three or more years.
The SEC is an Equal Opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse workforce.