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Stephen J. Crimmins

Stephen J. Crimmins

Murphy & McGonigle

New York, NY, USA


Steve Crimmins defends clients in enforcement matters involving all financial services regulators, but most frequently the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He also represents clients in and leads internal investigations, litigates private securities cases and other commercial disputes, and teams with other firms as securities co-counsel in civil, criminal and administrative cases.

Best Lawyers recognized Steve as the “2017 Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year for New York City,” based on its survey of his New York-based peers, and has for a decade recognized him for both securities litigation and securities regulation.  Chambers has likewise recognized him for securities regulation-enforcement.  And Securities Docket gave him its “Enforcement 40” Award, recognizing him as one of the top 40 securities enforcement defense lawyers in the country.  Steve was until recently Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Securities Law Section, and continues as a member of its governing Executive Council.  He testified twice before the U.S. House of Representatives on SEC issues, and he regularly speaks on professional panels.

During eight years as a senior executive of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, Steve led its large Trial Unit in prosecuting hundreds of jury and non-jury securities cases in federal courts and administrative proceedings, while participating actively in SEC investigations and settlement negotiations.  He originally joined the SEC staff as a line trial attorney and continued to litigate and try cases after his promotion to senior Enforcement Division management and the federal Senior Executive Service.  Before the SEC, he practiced with a large New York firm.

Since returning to private practice over a decade ago, Steve has helped entities and individuals respond to and successfully resolve numerous securities matters.  On September 28, 2017, the SEC affirmed his trial victory in an SEC in-house administrative proceeding, in which he personally examined or cross-examined dozens of fact and expert witnesses, resulting in dismissal of all charges brought by the SEC’s New York office against a large custodial services company.  Over the last decade he has represented public and private companies, directors, officers, financial services firms, securities professionals, accountants, lawyers and others, in matters that have included financial reporting and accounting issues, disclosure issues, insider trading, complex financial products, FCPA issues, market manipulation, and various securities industry-related enforcement issues.

Stephen J. Crimmins is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Insider Trading: Where Is the Line? - Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017
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