SEC
Whistleblower
Advocates

Steven J. Durham

Partner

sdurham@labaton.com
C: (202) 446-7634
O: (202) 772-1880

With over 25 years of experience as a federal prosecutor and a senior in-house attorney, Steve Durham possesses a rare combination of knowledge and skills that makes him a powerful champion for SEC whistleblowers. A seasoned trial lawyer, Steve has tried over 55 cases to verdict and argued 15 cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals. His extensive understanding of both white collar securities enforcement and the inner workings of multinational corporations give him unique insights to identify securities violations and safely navigate the various stages of the reporting process.

For more than two decades, Steve served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. During this time, Steve was a founding member of the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and longtime Chief and Deputy Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section. As a prosecutor and section chief, his experience included a broad array of complex white collar cases and numerous parallel enforcement actions with the SEC involving corrupt broker-dealer violations, offering frauds, market manipulations, Ponzi schemes, insider trading infractions, FCPA violations and accounting frauds.

As a prosecutor, Steve was a tireless advocate for victims of financial crimes, successfully prosecuting or supervising several of the most high-profile corporate criminal cases in history. These include United States v. Siemens AG, which resulted in a combined SEC/DOJ settlement of $1.6 billion and stands as one of the largest enforcement actions under the FCPA. He also led the investigation and prosecution in United States v. Riggs Bank, which resulted in Riggs, the oldest bank in Washington, pleading guilty to criminal violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and paying a record fine following a criminal conviction. In connection with his work, Steve held some of the highest security clearances in the federal government.

In 2012, following 20 years of government service and numerous commendations and awards, Steve joined the Office of Global Compliance for a large multinational corporation. Steve worked with a global team of attorneys, accountants, investigators and other professionals to build a best-in-class corporate compliance program. Traveling throughout the world, he conducted comprehensive audits and internal investigations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Russia. Steve has extensive experience in corporate risk management, identifying weaknesses in internal controls and deficiencies in corporate books and records. He also has broad knowledge of corporate internal reporting systems, ethics hotlines and anti-retaliation policies.

Steve is the Chair of the Investor Rights Committee of the District of Columbia Bar. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law and of the University of Chicago.

Honors

During his tenure at the Department of Justice, Steve received numerous awards and commendations including the Harold J. Sullivan Memorial Award; the United States Department of Education Inspector General Award; the United States Postal Service Inspector General Award; the United States Department of Transportation Special Recognition; the United States Postal Inspector’s Meritorious Citation; the NASA Inspector General’s Award; on seven occasions, the United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award; and the United States Secret Service Director’s Award.

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