Christian R. Bartholomew is a member of the firm’s Securities & Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. As a former undefeated trial lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with more than two decades of public sector and private practice experience, Mr. Bartholomew has successfully resolved regulatory and internal investigations and litigation matters on behalf of well-known financial institutions and public companies involving virtually every securities-related issue confronting such entities.
Mr. Bartholomew is one of the country’s leading securities enforcement lawyers. He has been recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America, and was recently named to Securities Docket’s “Enforcement 40,” a listing of the “40 best and brightest securities enforcement defense lawyers in the business.”
He represents clients in a broad variety of investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and other federal and state regulators. He is uniquely positioned to handle both regulatory litigation as well as the private litigation that can arise as a result of these investigations. He has a well-earned reputation as a fierce client advocate who brings real trial credibility into negotiations and other dealing with regulators.
From his robust experience representing clients in internal and regulatory investigations regarding sensitive whistleblower allegations, Mr. Bartholomew has emerged as a recognized leader in the SEC’s Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules. In addition to his broad private practice, Mr. Bartholomew has twice been appointed as a federal receiver by United States District Courts in SEC enforcement cases.
On behalf of financial institutions, Mr. Bartholomew has handled numerous multi-regulator, multi-litigation matters that address an exhaustive array of issues, including sales practice, supervision, trading (market manipulation, markup/markdown, front-running, cherry-picking, best execution, order routing), revenue sharing, Chinese Wall/information sharing, insider trading, research, stock lending, options, and market timing issues. On behalf of public companies and public accounting firms, he has successfully resolved investigations involving financial statement disclosure and accounting issues—matters involving restatements and disclosure issues arising from revenue recognition, loan loss, lease, accounts receivable, loan swaps, and options “back-dating” accounting—as well as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, market and insider-trading matters.
Mr. Bartholomew also has extensive experience handling complicated municipal matters. As one of the SEC's leading trial lawyers, he litigated and won a seminal case under MSRB Rule G-17. Since entering private practice, he has represented several municipal issuers in connection with challenging SEC investigations involving accounting and disclosure issues, as well as conflict of interest issues arising under MSRB Rules G-37 and G-38.
Mr. Bartholomew regularly publishes and speaks on a wide range of issues, including SEC and other government enforcement trends, corporate governance matters, and the development of internal controls and compliance programs.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Bartholomew was senior trial counsel for the SEC’s Southeast Regional Office. In that role, he was lead trial counsel in numerous federal injunctive actions, administrative proceedings, and multi-defendant, multi-day trials and evidentiary hearings, and won several precedent-setting matters.