Litigation Release No. 22173 / December 1, 2011
SEC v. William J. Reilly, 9:11-CV-81322-DMM (S.D. Fla.)
SEC Moves for Court Enforcement of Order Suspending Attorney William J. Reilly from Practicing as an Attorney before Commission
On December 1, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged that William J. Reilly, a New York attorney residing in Boca Raton, Florida, knowingly violated an order suspending him from appearing or practicing as an attorney before the SEC. The SEC seeks court enforcement of its suspension order.
The SEC’s application alleges that the SEC on October 27, 2009 suspended Reilly from appearing or practicing as an attorney before the SEC, with the right to apply for reinstatement after three years. In the Matter of William J. Reilly, Esq., Admin. Proc. 3-13666 (Oct. 27, 2009). The application further alleges that a registration statement on Form S-8 filed with the SEC on June 21, 2011 incorporated as an exhibit a legal opinion letter signed by Reilly. By this conduct, Reilly knowingly violated the terms of the order suspending him from appearing or practicing before the SEC as an attorney.
The application seeks court enforcement under Section 21(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 of the SEC’s order suspending Reilly from appearing or practicing before the SEC as an attorney, such other relief as may be appropriate, and the retention of jurisdiction to ensure Reilly’s future compliance.