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My practice focuses on investigations and litigation involving securities matters.
In August 2013, I was honored by Latin Lawyer magazine as a leading anti-corruption lawyer and credited with combining my experience at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission with his Spanish language skills in investigations in Latin America.
I served at the SEC's Los Angeles Regional Office as a staff attorney for almost four years. During my tenure with the SEC, I investigated numerous cases, with many resulting in enforcement actions, involving allegations of financial fraud, disclosure fraud, market timing, offering fraud, and misconduct by independent accountants. I also worked closely with federal prosecutors and regulators from other agencies.
I left the SEC in 2007 and rejoined O'Melveny, where I practiced for four years before accepting a position as General Counsel of an investment adviser client.
I then returned to O'Melveny again in late 2012.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Order of the Coif||USC Law School||1998|
|Counsel||O'melveny & Myers, LLP||2012 - Present|
|General Counsel||Aletheia||2011 - 2012|
|Counsel||O'melveny & Myers, LLP||2007 - 2011|
|Enforcement Staff Attorney||U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission||2003 - 2007|
|Associate||O'melveny & Myers, LLP||2000 - 2003|
|Law Clerk||U.S. District Court For The Central District Of California||1999 - 2000|
|Associate||O'melveny & Myers, LLP||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Mexican American Bar Foundation||Board of Trustees||2013 - Present|
|Mexican American Bar Foundation||Board of Trustees||2010 - 2011|
|Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice||Board of Directors||2009 - 2011|
|Los Angeles Daily Journal||FCPA Enforcement Lacks Transparency||2014|
|SEC Compliance Best Practices, 2014 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Understanding New Regulations and Developing Compliance Strategies (Inside the Minds)||Maintaining An Effective Compliance Program When the SEC Enforcement Staff Comes Knocking||2014|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||Scope Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection Is Expanding||2012|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||SEC Corporate Penalties: The Changing Tide||2009|
|University of Southern California Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Cognitive Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||1992|
|Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention||Avoiding Club Fed: White Collar Crime and Corporate Investigation||2014|
|Hispanic National Bar Association Mid-Year Conference||The Game Changer: Dealing with the Dodd Frank Act||2012|
|Southwestern Law School||Legal Ethics and Criminal Law||2010|
|SIFMA-MSRB Municipal Securities Regulation Seminar||Municipal Securities Examination and Enforcement Priorities||2010|
|CalCPA Litigation Section Meeting||Parallel Proceedings: The Intersection of Civil and Criminal Cases||2010|