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James L. Kopecky

Kopecky Schumacher Rosenburg PC

Chicago, IL, USA


Jim primarily defends securities firms and professionals being investigated or sued by government, regulatory and self-regulatory agencies such as the SEC.  Jim also frequently litigates matters on behalf of public companies, broker-dealers, hedge fund managers and individuals in both state and federal courts across the country, as well as arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  Jim joined the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in 1999, rising to the level of Branch Chief in the Division of Enforcement. At the SEC, Jim led a team of attorneys and staff that investigated and prosecuted securities fraud. Jim also acts as an independent investigator for investigations under Sarbanes Oxley and as an independent expert consultant to companies disciplined by Self Regulatory Organizations, and has testified as an expert witness.

Jim graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Economics and obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he later taught as an adjunct Professor of Securities Litigation and Legal Writing.  Jim has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and other nationally syndicated newspapers.

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