By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
Drinker Biddle & Reath has continued the expansion of its white-collar defense team with the hire of another former SEC attorney.
Mary P. Hansen, the former assistant director of the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement, has joined Drinker Biddle as a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation practice in Philadelphia.
In January, Drinker Biddle hired another former SEC attorney. Hogan Lovells partner Brian Lynch joined the firm’s corporate and securities practice group as a partner in Philadelphia. While at the SEC, Lynch worked within the Division of Corporation Finance, the Office of Chief Counsel and the Office of Rulemaking.
Hansen will focus her practice on representing individuals and corporate clients on regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, internal corporate investigations, white-collar criminal defense and compliance and prevention strategies and programs.
“Mary is a magnificent addition to our white-collar team,” Drinker Biddle Chairman Alfred W. Putnam Jr. said in a statement. “She brings SEC experience and expertise to an already impressive group of high-ranking former government lawyers who’ve joined the firm recently,” he added, referring to former Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Collins; Bob Stoll, a former U.S. Patent commissioner; Scott Coffina, another former assistant U.S. attorney and assistant counsel to the president; Charlie Rose, former general counsel to the U.S. Department of Education; and Bradford Campbell, former assistant secretary of Labor.
While at the SEC, Hansen was a member of the Market Abuse Unit and the Municipal Securities and Public Pension Unit. She investigated and developed litigation strategies for matters involving potential violations of federal securities law, including broker-dealer and investment adviser fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, unlawful insider trading by securities industry professionals and corporate executives, as well as municipal offering fraud.
Drinker Biddle recently named partner Ronald Sarachan as co-chairman of the firm’s white-collar criminal defense and corporate investigations team.