Steve Crimmins is a partner with K&L Gates LLP in New York and Washington. He represents clients in investigations and litigation conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division and other financial services regulators. He also defends clients in private securities litigation and leads internal investigations.
As the SEC's Deputy Chief Litigation Counsel until 2001, Steve was a senior officer of the Enforcement Division and co-managed a unit of 25 first-chair trial attorneys representing the SEC in hundreds of securities cases in the federal courts and in administrative proceedings. In addition to this litigation role, he consulted on investigations, facilitated settlement negotiations, and advised attorneys in SEC regional offices. Steve joined the SEC as a trial attorney and continued to litigate and try cases for the agency after his promotion to senior management. He began his career at a large New York law firm after studying law at Columbia.
For the last ten years, Steve has successfully defended public companies, directors, officers, financial services firms and their professionals, accountants and others in a wide range of securities cases. These have included matters alleging financial reporting violations, insider trading, market manipulation, and violations of rules governing broker-dealers, investment advisers and investment companies.
He is the chairman of the Federal Bar Association's Securities Law Section and its Executive Council, and also the chairman of the DC Bar's Committee on Broker-Dealer Regulation and SEC Enforcement. He has been recognized by "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of securities regulation - enforcement, and by "Best Lawyers in America" in the area of securities law.
Steve is regularly quoted by the media, speaks on professional panels, and has published numerous articles on securities enforcement. He has recently testified before the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, and also before subcommittees of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.