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Biography

Tom Sporkin wrote the book on whistleblowing. Literally. Prior to joining Buckley, Tom spent 20 years with the Division of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was one of the leaders who oversaw its Dodd-Frank whistleblower rule-writing and subsequent launch of its Office of the Whistleblower. Tom was also Chief of the Office of Market Intelligence, where he had primary responsibility for vetting all whistleblower tips and other intelligence received by the SEC, and oversaw a multidisciplinary staff of more than 50 senior enforcement attorneys, accountants, market-surveillance specialists, and analysts tasked with investigating potential violations of the federal securities laws. Prior to running OMI, he co-managed enforcement lawyers overseeing investigations into the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), financial fraud, insider trading, and manipulative trading.  

Tom represents C-suite executives in high-profile and often sensitive whistleblower matters that require a deft hand to balance client protection and economic reward. He has a proven track record of making sure his clients’ whistleblower complaints receive appropriate attention at federal agencies. Drawing from his experience and insights, Tom thoughtfully maps out a strategic plan to achieve results for each of his clients. From researching and drafting the whistleblower submission to positioning the client to receive maximum protection from the Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes Oxley anti-retaliation provisions, Tom’s clients receive the benefits of his substantial and varied experience.

Noteworthy representations include:

  • A former chief operating officer of a publicly traded company in retaliation litigation and in connection with pursuing a whistleblower award
     
  • A former senior internal accountant of a publicly traded company in a retaliation matter and in the pursuit of a whistleblower award
     
  • A former chief compliance officer of a publicly traded company in a retaliation matter and a contemporaneous SEC investigation
     
  • A junior internal accountant of a public company in an SEC investigation and in pursuit of a whistleblower award
     
  • The managing director of a trust company in an SEC investigation regarding asset securitizations
     
  • A whistleblower investigation for a publicly traded mortgage originator
     
  • A whistleblower investigation for a publicly traded bank
     
  • An independent review of a registered investment company pursuant to the terms of an SEC order

Tom often comments on regulations and ongoing regulatory matters on television and in print media. He has served as an adjunct law professor at the George Mason University School of Law and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. He serves on the Law and Advisory Council at the University of Albany’s Institute for Financial Market Regulation, and is a former co-chair of the Intelligence Subcommittee of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Securities & Commodities Fraud Working Group. He received his J.D. from American University and his B.S. from the University of Maryland.

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Awards & Recognitions

  • Securities Docket'2017 Enforcement 40 List
  • Legal 500 2016: Recognized in the Litigation - White-Collar Criminal Defense practice area
  • Super Lawyers 2016: Securities Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Super Lawyers 2015: Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Legal 500 2014: Recognized in the Litigation - White-Collar Criminal Defense practice area 
  • Washington Post Magazine's Top Attorneys in the Washington, DC, Metro Area 2014: Criminal Defense (White Collar)
  • Super Lawyers 2014: Criminal Defense (White Collar)
  • Recognition in Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 2014 Legal Who's Who, nominated by legal and business communities
  • June 2012 - SEC Irving M. Pollack Award for service in the public interest; dedication; fairness and compassion; and professional expertise and integrity
  • July 2011 - SEC's Law & Policy Award for serving on the Dodd-Frank Implementation Team
  • July 2011 - SEC Chairman's Award for Excellence for serving on the Flash Crash Team
  • June 2002 - SEC Chairman's Award for Excellence for Real Time Enforcement
  • June 2001 - SEC Division Director Award for obtaining $26 million judgement in SEC v. Ferracone

Education

  • J.D., American University, 1992
  • B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1989

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

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