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Karen J Shimp

US Securities and Exchange Commission

Washington, DC, USA


Special Trial Counsel, Office of the General Counsel

Ms. Shimp joined the SEC in October 2000 as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, representing the SEC in civil and administrative litigation at the trial and appellate levels.  Her work has included defending the SEC’s $22 million judgment against the former CEO and Chairman of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. (SEC v. Yuen, 9th Cir. Case No. 06-55857); and defending the SEC against allegations that one of its investigations was tainted by an alleged breach of the attorney-client privilege (SEC v. Finazzo, 2nd Cir. Case Nos. 08-1733 and 08-3995).

Since 2006, Ms. Shimp has also focused on the SEC’s investigation of attorneys who appear or practice before it.  In December 2012, Ms. Shimp was promoted to her current position, where she works closely with the Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and Professional Misconduct in investigating possible attorney misconduct and bringing administrative proceedings against attorneys pursuant to SEC Rule of Practice 102(e).  She is also actively involved in examining whistleblower issues that involve attorneys.

Before joining the SEC, Ms. Shimp was an associate with two tax law boutiques in Washington, D.C.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

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