Carmen J. Lawrence is co-head of the securities enforcement and regulation practice and a litigation partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office. She joined the Firm as a partner in 2000.
Ms. Lawrence's practice focuses on representing parties in investigations and litigations conducted primarily by the Securities and Exchange Commission, self-regulatory organizations and state securities regulators, conducting internal investigations, providing crisis management advice to public and private companies and counseling public companies and regulated entities (broker-dealers, investment advisers and investment companies) on their obligations under the federal securities laws.
From 1996 until June 2000, Ms. Lawrence was the Regional Director for the SEC's Northeast Regional Office (covering 14 states and the District of Columbia), where she oversaw all enforcement and regulatory operations in the SEC's largest region. Some of the SEC's most significant cases were brought by the Northeast Regional Office under Ms. Lawrence's leadership.
Before her appointment as regional director, from 1990 through 1995, Ms. Lawrence served as Senior Associate Regional Director, heading up the Northeast Regional Office's Enforcement Division. From 1981 to 1989, she served in various staff and senior positions in the Enforcement Division.
Ms. Lawrence has spoken extensively and participates in numerous continuing legal education programs for federal securities law matters.
Ms. Lawrence received numerous awards during her tenure at the SEC, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Award in 1998; the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award in 1995; the Stanley Sporkin Award in 1993; and the Irving M. Pollack Award, presented to an enforcement lawyer exhibiting leadership, integrity and intellect in 1990. Ms. Lawrence is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual for Securities Regulation (National) and for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. She is recognized by Legal 500 in Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense. She is also consistently recognized by Benchmark: Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star."
Ms. Lawrence's Professional Associations include Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on SEC Enforcement and Civil Litigation of the American Bar Association Business Law Section; Trustee, Practising Law Institute; Member, American Bar Association; Member, Federal Bar Council; and Trustee, Southern Vermont College.
Ms. Lawrence received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981 and her BA from Cornell University in 1978. She is admitted to practice in New York, Southern and Eastern Districts.