01.27.2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 27, 2014) - Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Luis R. Mejia, former Chief Litigation Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a veteran of high-profile investigations and litigation, has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the White Collar & Investigations and Litigation practices.  Mejia represents individuals and organizations before the SEC, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA), Congress and other investigative and regulatory authorities.

Mejia’s addition follows closely on that of two other high-profile and experienced white collar defense litigators: Barak Cohen, former Department of Justice trial attorney, who also joined the firm’s Washington, DC office; and Michael L. Bender, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice, who joined the firm’s Denver office.

Prior to his SEC service, Mejia was in private practice, where he defended a sitting governor in a federal criminal trial involving allegations of financial fraud and represented a U.S. Senator involved in the Keating 5 proceedings before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics.

“Lou’s significant SEC litigation experience, the extraordinary efficacy of  his private practice and his proven track record of success in both domains speak to his superlative strategic skills in white collar defense,” said Pravin Rao, chair of the firm’s White Collar & Investigations practice.  “Lou is a formidably accomplished lawyer with a long-term presence in SEC enforcement in Washington and private practice representation.  His experience further strengthens both our Washington, D.C. and national white collar practice, allowing us to offer substantively experienced attorneys to counsel our clients across the country.”

Mejia’s recent representations encompass the full range of SEC and other regulatory enforcement issues and actions, which includes financial statement and disclosure issues, securities offerings, trading practices, revenue recognition, and valuation.  He counsels public companies, directors and officers, executives, investment banks, broker-dealers, investment advisers, accounting firms, hedge funds, private equity firms, and elected officials, among others.

“We are delighted to welcome Lou to the firm,” said Bill Malley, Office Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  “With his successful track record at the SEC and his effective representation of high-profile clients, Lou is an exceptional addition to our presence in Washington and the firm’s national white collar and litigation practices.” 

During his earlier, decade-long tenure at the SEC, where he began as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel, Mejia served as lead trial counsel in several well-known prosecutions.  He prevailed in the SEC’s insider trading jury trial  against Scott K. Ginsburg, former chairman and CEO of Evergreen Media Corporation.  In addition, he led the SEC's Enron litigation and assisted investors' recovery of more than $400 million.

Mejia received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School and his B.A. with distinction from San Diego State University.  He frequently speaks before legal and business audiences on emerging issues related to SEC enforcement. Perkins Coie's White Collar & Investigations practice successfully represents companies and individuals in a wide range of complex matters at the federal, state and local levels and advises clients on all aspects of corporate compliance programs. The firm’s team includes high-profile attorneys with years of experience conducting and evaluating complex investigations and representing clients in high-stakes litigation.  Their ranks include former U.S. Attorneys and Assistant U.S. Attorneys, high ranking Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement attorneys, a U.S. State Department attorney, state prosecutors, and other former government regulators.  The National Law Journal recently named Perkins Coie’s Chicago practice as its White Collar Department of the Year.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie LLP has more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. The firm provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to emerging growth startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.

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