(May 3, 2011, Weil News)
Christian R. Bartholomew, a former senior prosecutor with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and one of the country’s leading securities enforcement and litigation defense practitioners, has joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges as a partner in the Washington, DC office.
“We are delighted that Christian has decided to join Weil,” commented Executive Partner Barry Wolf. “He is one of the few securities lawyers who can credibly handle both an SEC investigation and the securities class actions that inevitably arise in connection with such investigations, and has built a reputation as one of the ‘go to’ securities lawyers in the country for large, multi-regulator, multi-forum matters. Christian’s deep experience will further elevate the firm’s capabilities in securities matters.”
Bartholomew will lead the firm’s SEC enforcement and litigation efforts in Washington. He will also maintain his long-time presence in Florida, taking an office in Weil’s Miami location.
Bartholomew comes to Weil with a wealth of experience in the SEC enforcement area, extensive relationships within the securities bar, and connections with some of the nation’s largest corporations and financial institutions. While at the SEC, Bartholomew litigated and tried some of the SEC’s highest profile cases, including the SEC's first “earnings management” case.
Since leaving the SEC in 2000, Bartholomew has focused exclusively on representing financial institutions and public company clients in securities enforcement investigations conducted by the SEC, state regulators and attorneys general, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and in related securities class actions. He is currently representing several of the nation’s best-known financial institutions in billion-dollar matters involving multi-regulator investigations and related securities class actions and, over the course of his career, has represented numerous Fortune 100 clients, including TD Ameritrade, SunTrust Banks, and Raymond James.
“I am pleased to be joining a law firm of the caliber and prestige of Weil,” said Christian Bartholomew. “The firm already has one of the best securities litigation practices in the world and I look forward to contributing to and expanding that practice. I am also excited to be part of the firm’s national investigations practice and look forward to working closely with Steve and Bill.”
Bartholomew earned a B.A. in Political Science, with Honors, from McGill University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he served as Articles Editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law
. Prior to joining Weil, Bartholomew was the head of Washington Litigation and Vice Chair for Securities Enforcement and Litigation at Morgan, Lewis & Brockius LLP. In addition to his private practice, Bartholomew has twice been appointed by United States District judges to act as a Receiver in SEC enforcement cases.