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David L. Kornblau

Covington & Burling LLP

New York, NY, USA

David L. Kornblau is a partner in the New York office of Covington & Burling LLP.  A ten-year veteran of the SEC, he represents companies and individuals in securities enforcement investigations, securities litigation, and complex commercial litigation.

 Before joining Covington & Burling, Mr. Kornblau was a Managing Director and the Head of Global Regulatory Affairs at Merrill Lynch, where he oversaw the company’s responses to regulatory and law enforcement investigations by the SEC, DOJ, FINRA, New York Attorney General’s Office, and other federal, state, and foreign regulators.  These matters concerned all of the firm's business areas, including subprime mortgage securities, auction rate securities, information barriers, research analysts, retail brokers and supervision, institutional sales and trading, investment banking, pension consulting services, and municipal securities.

 Mr. Kornblau served as Chief Litigation Counsel for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., from 2000 to 2005.  In that position, he led the Enforcement Division’s nationwide litigation practice during a period of large-scale corporate investigations and heightened enforcement activity, including cases against Enron, WorldCom, Arthur Andersen, Wall Street analysts, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and mutual fund companies.  He expanded the Washington trial unit by over fifty percent and created a collections unit that improved the tracking, collection, and distribution of SEC monetary recoveries.

 Before his promotion to Chief Litigation Counsel, Mr. Kornblau litigated and tried numerous enforcement actions in federal district court and before SEC Administrative Law Judges for five years.  His cases involved all Commission program areas, including financial fraud, insider trading, hedge funds, market manipulation, municipal securities, broker misconduct, registration violations, and offering fraud.  Mr. Kornblau also co-tried a criminal securities fraud case as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.

 Earlier in his career, Mr. Kornblau was a litigator at a prominent New York law firm, where he handled complex securities and commercial cases, including serving as a member of the team defending former Drexel Burnham Lambert trader Michael Milken in criminal, SEC, and civil litigation.

 Mr. Kornblau received an A.B. in physics, cum laude, from Princeton University in 1983.  He received his law degree, cum laude, in 1986 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He clerked for the Honorable Charles M. Merrill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, from 1986 to 1987.  He has spoken numerous times on securities enforcement and broker-dealer issues.


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