Christian Schultz

Partner, Arnold & Porter

Christian Schultz, former Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, deploys his trial skills and deep knowledge of SEC rules and processes to represent public and private companies, financial institutions and accounting firms, and individuals in regulatory investigations, complex financial and securities litigation, SEC and PCAOB enforcement actions, and white collar matters.

During his ten years at the SEC, Christian investigated potential violations of the federal securities laws and represented the SEC in enforcement actions in federal court and administrative proceedings. He partnered with attorneys, accountants, and industry experts in the SEC’s special investigative units — including the Complex Financial Instruments Unit, Market Abuse Unit, and Asset Management Unit — to investigate and litigate potential violations of the securities laws in a broad range of areas, including: accounting and issuer disclosure, auditor independence, market manipulation, broker-dealer and investment adviser regulations, compliance failures, insider trading, failure to supervise, complex financial instruments and structured financial products, cryptocurrency and digital asset regulation, and whistleblowing. During his tenure, he was awarded the Enforcement Director’s Awards and the Chair’s Award for Excellence for his work on the SEC v. Tourre trial.

Prior to joining the SEC, Christian was a partner in another prominent law firm, where he represented Fortune 100 companies in state and federal courts around the country, administrative proceedings, and arbitrations. Before that, he clerked for Judge Ann Claire Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Christian received his J.D., summa cum laude, from The Law School at the University of Notre Dame, where he was awarded the 2001 Farabaugh Prize for High Scholarship in Law and served as Executive Notes Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. He received his MBA, magna cum laude, from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and two B.A.s, both with honors, from Michigan State University's Broad College of Business and its College of Social Science.

Outside of work, Christian plays tennis, golf, has completed eight Ironman races, and has run marathons or ultra-marathons in all 50 states (and is working on the seven continents). He also travels with his wife in their Airstream.