Former SEC Litigation Chief Joins Wilmer in New York
Matthew Martens, the former chief litigation counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission who recently led the government's successful prosecution of ex-Goldman Sachs bond trader Fabrice Tourre, has joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a securities and litigation partner in New York.
"Matt is an excellent securities lawyer and first-rate trial lawyer," former SEC enforcement chief and Wilmer's securities department chair William McLucas said in a statement. "As the stakes continue to get higher in regulatory enforcement matters generally, his experience and abilities as a litigator will be invaluable to our clients and will strengthen our practice group enormously."
Martens left his post as the SEC's lead trial counsel in late September, after helping the regulator score one of its biggest post-financial crisis victories by securing a conviction of Tourre on civil securities fraud charges (NYLJ, Aug. 2).
A former clerk to then-U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Martens spent three years as an associate at Latham in the late nineties before joining the Justice Department. Martens went on to work in the U.S. attorney's office for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he became the branch's deputy criminal chief before joining the SEC in August 2010.
"[Wilmer] is well-known by its exceptional work in both the securities and litigation areas and the firm continues to grow through its achievements," Martens said in the firm's press release announcing his arrival. "With outstanding securities and litigation services already in place, [Wilmer] is a great fit for me to grow my practice."