Thomas C. Newkirk is a Senior Partner and Co-Chair of Jenner & Block’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice. Drawing on his 19 years of experience with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, he represents public companies, regulated entities and their leaders in confidential investigations related to such issues as accounting, disclosure, insider trading, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also counsels corporate boards and board committees with respect to corporate governance and compliance-related issues and defends private class and derivative securities actions.
Since 2010,Chambers USA has consistently recognized Mr. Newkirk as one of the country’s leading lawyers in Securities/Regulation/Enforcement Law, and he has been named one of the top securities lawyers by Legal 500, Washington DC Super Lawyers and Washingtonian magazine. He is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.
Before joining Jenner & Block in 2004, Mr. Newkirk was a senior official with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. For the last 11 of those years, he was Associate Director of the Division of Enforcement, and led the investigations for many of the SEC’s most significant cases. For his efforts and government service, Mr. Newkirk received numerous accolades, including two Presidential Meritorious Executive Awards, the SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence, the SEC’s Law and Policy Award, and the SEC’s Distinguished Service Award, among other accolades. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the Federal Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee. Mr. Newkirk writes and lectures frequently on SEC enforcement matters.