Christian R. Bartholomew, one of the country’s leading securities enforcement lawyers and a former trial lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has joined Murphy & McGonigle’s renowned Securities & Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. Mr. Bartholomew comes to the Firm from Jenner & Block, and he will be based in the Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. Bartholomew, who regularly represents financial institutions and public companies in sensitive and high-profile matters, was recently named to Securities Docket’s “Enforcement 40” as one of the nation’s 40 top enforcement defense lawyers. He was undefeated as a trial lawyer for the SEC, and he brings more than two decades of public and private practice experience to the Firm.
“Christian is a very talented and highly accomplished securities lawyer, and he adds further depth and excellence to our Securities & Complex Commercial Litigation Practice,” said Thomas J. McGonigle, Office Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office. Murphy & McGonigle, founded in 2010, has been regularly recognized as a National Tier One firm for Securities Litigation and Securities Regulation by U.S. News & World Reports – Best Lawyers. The addition of Bartholomew brings the number of former SEC lawyers to 12 in its Securities & Complex Commercial Litigation Practice.
Mr. Bartholomew has successfully resolved regulatory and internal investigations and litigation matters on behalf of well-known financial institutions and public companies involving a wide spectrum of security related issues. He is a respected thought leader in the area of Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules and has written and spoken extensively on the rules and their implications.
“I am very excited to join Murphy & McGonigle,” said Mr. Bartholomew. “The firm is unique in its laser focus on the financial services sector, and its commitment to building an A-team of top lawyers from the securities field is extremely appealing to me.”
On behalf of financial institutions, Mr. Bartholomew has handled numerous multi-regulator, multi-litigation matters that address an extensive array of issues, including sales practice, supervision, trading, revenue sharing, Chinese Wall/information sharing, insider trading, research, stock lending, options and market timing issues. He has also represented 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.
The addition of Mr. Bartholomew continues a series of high-profile new lawyers to join Murphy & McGonigle in recent weeks, including leaders in FinTech, cybersecurity, regulatory and securities defense.
Murphy & McGonigle provides regulatory and compliance counseling, and civil and criminal defense representation, to clients in the financial services sector and beyond from offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. The Firm’s attorneys have substantial experience in securities law, regulatory enforcement and investigations, counseling of financial institutions, and complex litigation and have served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Justice, SEC, FINRA, CFTC, and the New York State Department of Financial Services. Several others have served in senior executive positions in major financial institutions on Wall Street.