Perlis, Michael F.

Michael F. Perlis

Partner
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Mike Perlis joined the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1974 and, since that time, has consistently been engaged in securities-related litigation. During his seven years at the SEC, Mike investigated and prosecuted a wide range of cases, including insider trading matters, foreign payment cases, financial fraud cases and cases relating to organized crime involvement in legitimate business. Moreover, Mike was called upon to oversee and review between 50-100 internal investigations conducted as part of the Commission's Voluntary Disclosure Program.

Mike Perlis joined the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1974 and, since that time, has consistently been engaged in securities-related litigation. During his seven years at the SEC, Mike investigated and prosecuted a wide range of cases, including insider trading matters, foreign payment cases, financial fraud cases and cases relating to organized crime involvement in legitimate business. Moreover, Mike was called upon to oversee and review between 50-100 internal investigations conducted as part of the Commission's Voluntary Disclosure Program.

Mike ‎assisted in the Commission's investigation of the financial affairs of New ‎York City and ‎participated in preparation of the Commission's report to ‎Congress, which ultimately resulted in ‎the enactment of the Foreign ‎Corrupt Practices Act.‎

Securities Litigation From the Defense

Since 1980, he has defended numerous class actions, derivative actions and SEC investigations and proceedings. In these matters, he has represented:

  • Directors
  • Officers
  • Corporations
  • Accountants
  • Directors and officers liability
  • Comprehensive general liability insurance carriers

He also has represented special committees of boards of directors in connection with derivative matters. In that regard, he conducted several investigations in response to shareholder claims on a variety of matters. Each investigation resulted in a successful termination of derivative litigation. In addition, he has represented various persons and entities, including investment banking and brokerage firms in SEC investigations and litigation.

Insurance

Mike frequently represents, in connection with securities class actions and other litigation, both directors and officers liability insurance carriers and comprehensive general liability insurance carriers. Mike has represented the interests of those carriers, and he:

  • Monitored securities litigation and participated in settlement efforts
  • Defended such carriers when sued by insureds and/or third parties
  • Litigated disputes between D&O insurers and their reinsurers relative to settlement of D&O claims
  • Represented the interests of D&O carriers in bankruptcy proceedings relative to issues of policy cancellation and claims

Mike frequently lectures and has written extensively on various topics relative to:

  • Officer and director liability
  • Complex business litigation
  • Federal securities laws
  • Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1971
    Law & Policy in International Business: Member, 1969-1970; Research Editor and Executive Board Member, 1970-1971
  • B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, Georgetown University, 1968
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia, 1971
  • California, 1980
  • New York, 1994
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, Southern California Super Lawyers®, Securities Litigation (2005-2012)
Professional History
    • Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement:
      • Assistant Director, 1977-1980
      • Branch Chief, 1975-1977
      • Staff Attorney, 1974-1975
    • Adjunct Faculty Member, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, 1979-1980