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William R. McLucas

William R. McLucas

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Washington, DC, USA


William McLucas is one of the most sought-after advisors to public companies, boards of directors, audit committees and special committees dealing with corporate crises and related issues. He joined the firm after serving for more than eight years as Director of Enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission—longer than any other Enforcement Division Director in Commission history. He represents public companies, investment banks, accounting firms and advisors to mutual funds facing a variety of corporate and market crises, as well as Securities and Exchange Commission investigations. Mr. McLucas is chair of the firm's Securities Department.

In 1977, Mr. McLucas joined the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement. He led the Division's Staff in numerous high-profile investigations and landmark enforcement actions, including hundreds of insider trading cases and numerous inquiries and proceedings involving public companies, accounting firms, investment banks, and participants in the municipal securities markets.

In addition, Mr. McLucas has overseen numerous audit committee and special committee inquiries, and has also represented numerous corporate executives and directors in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business describes Mr. McLucas as "a cut above everyone else."

Honors & Awards

Named a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel in 2015.

Named one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine every year since 2005.

Consistently recommended by The Legal 500 United States for financial services and securities litigation, and listed as a "Leading Lawyer" in the area of litigation: white-collar criminal defense in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions.

Recognized in 2008 as a Visionary in the Legal Times' "Greatest Washington Lawyers in the Past 30 Years"

Selected as one of only seven "Leading Lawyers" in Corporate Governance in the March 2008 issue of Legal Times. He was also named Washington DC's "Leading Lawyer" in the area of securities and corporate governance by the Legal Times, December 2004.

Nationally recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as "a dominant force" in the securities regulation: enforcement area (2006-2017). Previously recognized in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 editions for general commercial litigation; cited as "an expert in litigation" in the 2003 edition.

Selected by peers for inclusion in each edition of Best Lawyers in America since 2005; in the 2011-2017 editions of Best Lawyers of America he was recognized for his securities practice along with the areas of bet-the-company litigation, corporate governance and compliance law, and commercial litigation; named Washington DC Securities Lawyer of the Year in 2010 and Washington DC Corporate Governance Law in 2016

Named in 2013 to Securities Docket's inaugural 'Enforcement 40'—a list of the 40 best and brightest individuals in the securities enforcement defense field

Recognized as one of the world's preeminent corporate governance lawyers in multiple editions of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers; Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers; Who's Who Legal: Investigations; Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence; Who's Who Legal: Commerical Litigation; and Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers, with sources saying he is “highly sought after by companies, boards and audit committees in need of advice on corporate crises." 

Selected to the 2007-2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers lists for his securities and corporate finance practice

Listed in Washingtonian magazine's "Top 30 Lawyers in Washington," 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Named among "Washington's Best Lawyers" for his securities practice in the 2013 issue.

Named one of the National Law Journal's One-Hundred Most Influential Attorneys in America, 1997

Ranked as a "top litigation lawyer" in the 2003 edition of Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers

Received the SEC Alumni Association's William O. Douglas Award in 2010

Received the National Public Service Award in 1996

Received the Federal Bar Association's Tom C. Clark Outstanding Lawyer Award in 1997

Received the President's Award for Distinguished Executive Service from President Ronald Reagan in 1988

Recent Highlights

Mr. McLucas has represented the board committees in some of the most prominent corporate scandals that have arisen recently in the US markets, including the Special Committees of both Enron and WorldCom. He also advised the Special Committee of the Board of Nortel Networks in its review of certain accounting restatements and, more recently, the Special Committee of the Board of UnitedHealth Group in its review of options dating issues.

He also has represented numerous public companies and their executives, as well as public accounting firms and hedge funds in connection with securities enforcement and regulatory inquiries.

Professional Activities

Mr. McLucas is a frequent speaker on panels and programs on topics pertaining to securities laws, corporate governance and law enforcement.

William R. McLucas is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Ethics in the Enforcement Context: Spotting and Solving the Issues - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Ethics in the Enforcement Context: Spotting and Solving the Issues - Ethics in the Enforcement Context: Spotting and Solving the Issues, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Ethics in the Enforcement Context: Spotting and Solving the Issues - Ethics in the Enforcement Context: Spotting and Solving the Issues, Monday, November 13, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
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