Thomas C. Newkirk is a partner in the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice, a practice group he co-chaired from 2006 through 2019. Drawing on his 19 years as a senior official with the Securities and Exchange Commission, he defends companies and their leaders in confidential SEC and other securities investigations concerning accounting, disclosure, insider trading, conflicts of interest and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also counsels corporate boards and board committees with respect to corporate governance and compliance and defends private class and derivative securities actions.
Chambers USA has 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 in Washington by Washington DC Super Lawyers and Washingtonian magazine every year since 2009. He is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. Mr. Newkirk is a member of the firm’s Securities Practice and Japan Practice.
Before joining the firm in 2004, Mr. Newkirk spent 19 years with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, first as Chief Litigation Counsel and then as an Associate Director of the Division of Enforcement where he led the investigations of some of SEC’s most significant cases. During his 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 others. 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