Carmen Lawrence focuses on securities-related government investigations and litigation. As a partner in our Special Matters and Investigations practice and co-lead of our Securities Enforcement and Regulation practice, Carmen represents public and private companies in a range of securities-related regulatory and business matters.
Carmen represents parties in investigations and litigation conducted primarily by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as self-regulatory organizations and state securities regulators. She conducts internal investigations, provides crisis management advice, and counsels companies and regulated entities (broker-dealers and investment advisers) on their obligations under the federal securities law.
Previously, Carmen was Regional Director for the SEC's Northeast Regional Office, the agency's largest region covering 14 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In this role, she oversaw all enforcement and regulatory operations in the region, bringing some of the SEC's most significant cases. Prior to that, she was Senior Associate Regional Director, heading up the Northeast Regional Office's Enforcement Division after serving in senior and staff roles.
Carmen is a frequent speaker and lecturer in continuing legal education programs on federal securities matters. She has received consistent recognition from Chambers USA as a Leading Individual for Securities Regulation and for Litigation—White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, as well as for Financial Services Litigation.
In 2016, Legal 500 ranked Carmen for Securities Litigation—Defense. She has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a New York Litigation Star, and was named to Securities Docket's inaugural Enforcement 40 list of top SEC enforcement lawyers in 2013.