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Kokesh v. SEC: Supreme Court Says Disgorgement is a Penalty Subject to Statute of Limitations

Speaker(s): Matthew T. Martens
Recorded on: Jul. 11, 2017
PLI Program #: 221779

Matthew T. Martens is a litigation partner at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr ("WilmerHale") in Washington, D.C.

Before joining Wilmer Hale last year, Mr. Martens was the Chief Litigation Counsel for the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") from 2010 through 2013.  In that role, Mr. Martens prevailed as the SEC's  lead trial counsel in the three-week securities fraud trial against former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre.

Since joining WilmerHale, Mr. Martens was lead trial counsel for a major financial services company in which he successfully defended the company in a federal jury trial against class action claims for more than $180 million.

Before joining the SEC, Mr. Martens was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly eight years, the Chief of Staff to Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and a litigation associate at a major international law firm. Mr. Martens also served as a law clerk to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court and, before that, to Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Mr. Martens received his J.D. with highest honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law and his undergraduate degree in accounting with highest honors from Cedarville College. Mr. Martens is also a Certified Public Accountant