Professional Biography

Martin E. Lybecker Partner

Firmwide Chair, Investment Management Practice; Firmwide Co-Chair, Family Office Services Practice



Perkins Coie mourns the passing of our colleague and friend Martin E. Lybecker.

Martin E. Lybecker is a partner in the firm's Corporate practice. Martin is considered to be a leader in the development of the legal theories with regard to the substantial growth of bank securities activities. He also has considerable experience representing the insurance industry in disputes over the authority of banks to engage in insurance underwriting.

Martin serves as counsel to investment companies and their independent directors, investment advisers, broker-dealers, depository institutions and their holding companies, insurance companies and several financial services trade associations.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected by Washingtonian magazine as one of the top lawyers in Washington, D.C. in the area of financial services
  • Recognized as a leader in financial services: asset management regulation, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized for exceptional investment management practice in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2005 - Present: Financial Services Regulation Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • Recognized as AV Preeminent® for Legal Ability & Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association,
    • Section of Business Law
      • Chair, 2012 - 2013
      • Chair-Elect, 2011 - 2012
      • Member, Counsel of the Section, 2005 - 2009
      • Secretary, 2009 - 2010
      • Vice-Chair, 2010 - 2011
    • Committee on Developments in Investment Services
      • Chair, 1994 - 2002
    • Committee on Banking Law
      • Chair, 2002 - 2005 

Related Employment

  • WilmerHale, Washington, D.C., Partner, 2002 - 2010 
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 2015 - present
  • Senior Lecturing Fellow of Law, Duke University, 2000 - 2015
  • Ropes & Gray LLP, Washington, D.C., Partner and Co-Chair of the Financial Services Group, 1987 - 2002
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Washington, D.C., Partner, 1981 - 1987
  • Securities and Exchange Commission, Associate Director of the Division of Investment Management, 1978 - 1981; Division's Office of Chief Counsel, Lawyer, 1972 - 1975 
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University, State University of New York at Buffalo, Duke University, and University of North Carolina, 1975 - 1980