Kit Addleman is a partner at Haynes and Boone, where she leads the firm’s SEC and Financial Enforcement Defense Practice.
Kit defends companies and their executives and directors against charges of civil and criminal misconduct, particularly investigations and litigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice. Many of her experiences involve defending allegations of accounting and financial fraud, insider trading, hedge fund and advisor fraud, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. Kit has been successful in defeating the SEC’s enforcement staff including in an administrative proceeding before the SEC’s own law judge as well as in obtaining numerous “closing letters” advising that the investigations were being terminated without public enforcement proceedings against clients – the best resolution for anyone embroiled in a government investigation.
She also counsels investment advisors, hedge funds, broker-dealers, and public companies concerning compliance with the securities laws and SEC rules.
Prior to joining Haynes and Boone at the end of 2009, Kit was the regional director of the Atlanta Regional Office of the SEC. She led the enforcement, examination and bankruptcy programs for the SEC in five Southeastern states, which included directing the enforcement priorities and resolutions of investigations and litigation. Kit has more than 20 years of experience with the SEC in the Atlanta, Fort Worth, Denver and Philadelphia offices, including heading the enforcement program in the SEC's Fort Worth and Atlanta offices before being named the regional director in Atlanta in 2007.
Kit is a sought-after authority for her knowledge of the SEC's enforcement and examination programs and frequently speaks at national, international and regional conferences. She has also authored and contributed to numerous articles, white papers and alerts on the subject.
Kit brings the same zeal with which she serves her clients to her firm colleagues and to her community. She chairs the Women's Initiatives for the firm and is a founder and regional leader for the Women’s White Collar Defense Association. Kit currently serves as chairwoman of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.