Therese Pritchard is a member of the Securities Enforcement, Compliance and Litigation Client Service Group. She has concentrated on securities and financial institutions enforcement and litigation for more than 25 years. Ms. Pritchard has represented major public companies, banks, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual funds, hedge funds and individuals under investigation by the SEC, the NYSE, the NASD and the federal banking agencies. She has also conducted independent investigations on behalf of, and served as counsel to, boards of directors and audit committees of public companies. Ms. Pritchard has handled SEC and audit committee investigations involving revenue recognition, stock option pricing and backdating, off balance sheet financing, related party transactions, acquisitions and restructuring issues and the timing and adequacy of reserves. She has conducted several independent investigations into possible FCPA violations in the Far East. She has handled broker-dealer and fund matters involving, among others, manipulative trading, valuation, allocation, suitability and supervision issues. Ms. Pritchard's areas of practice also include insider trading, disclosure questions, delisting proceedings and broker-dealer regulation.
Ms. Pritchard was with the Division of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1982 to 1991. She served as an assistant director from 1986 on and handled many of its most notable Wall Street cases. In 1985, she received the Manuel Cohen Outstanding Younger Lawyer Award in recognition of her achievements at the SEC. From 1991 to 1994, she was deputy chief counsel of the Office of Thrift Supervision, in charge of its Washington, D.C. enforcement program, directing and managing many high-profile fraud cases brought by the government resulting from the savings and loan crisis. Ms. Pritchard then co-managed the Professional Liability Section of the Resolution Trust Corporation from 1994 to 1995, where she directed and resolved more than 300 cases against officers, directors and other professionals associated with failed savings and loan institutions.
Ms. Pritchard is a frequent speaker on securities law and enforcement matters at continuing legal education programs. She was named one of the Best Lawyers in America® (2008-2011) by various publications, including the Washington Post, Washingtonian and Woodward/White, Inc.'s 13th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. She served on the firm's Executive Committee from 2005 to 2011. She also served for several years as the chair of the Securities Enforcement Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Bar and Court Admissions
Practice limited to matters and proceedings before federal courts and agencies
Boston College, J.D., cum laude, 1978
Bryn Mawr College, A.B., cum laude, 1975