Rebecca M. Katz, Of Counsel to the Firm, represents whistleblowers in investigating and reporting financial fraud to enforcement agencies. Rebecca specializes in representing whistleblowers who have knowledge of securities fraud before the SEC.
Rebecca is one of the nation's leading SEC whistleblower attorneys. She has been at the forefront of representing SEC whistleblowers since the inception of the SEC whistleblower program in 2010 and brings more than twenty years experience fighting for the rights of those victimized by corporate fraud, both as a longtime SEC enforcement attorney and in private practice.
Rebecca is a former senior counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division for nearly a decade. She takes pride in protecting and advocating for whistleblowers who have information about possible violations of federal securities laws or the False Claims Act. For over two decades, she has provided objective legal counsel to those who need support and confidence in the complex and ever-changing whistleblower and qui tam legal arena. Since its inception, she has assisted numerous clients through the complexities of the SEC Whistleblower Program.
As a former partner at two large New York plaintiffs’ litigation firms, Rebecca gained over 15 years of complex securities litigation experience, with a focus on representing public pension funds, Taft-Hartley funds and other institutional investors in federal and state courts across the country. She has served as lead or co-lead attorney in several actions that resulted in successful recoveries for injured class members. She has also handled all aspects of case management from case start up through trial, appeals and claims administration.
During her tenure with the SEC, Rebecca investigated and litigated a variety of enforcement matters involving many high-profile, complex matters such as those involving insider trading, market manipulation and accounting fraud.
A sought-after guest speaker at legal conferences nationwide, Rebecca has presented on numerous issues involving the SEC whistleblower program and on developments impacting securities litigation.
Discussing her in-depth knowledge on SEC whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, federal securities law, emerging developments in securities litigation and general complex SEC matters, Rebecca has often offered commentary for national and local media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Law 360, among others. She also serves as an invited legal guest speaker at educational gatherings throughout the country with a focus on public pension and other institutional investor conferences. As a former faculty member at the Practising Law Institute’s Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute, she explored a variety of issues impacting securities law, and lectured at the Fordham University School of Law’s Eugene P. and Delia S. Murphy Conference on Corporate Law — Corporations, Investors and the Securities Markets.
“Plaintiffs’ Perspective: The SEC’s Final Rules for Whistleblowers Offer a Balanced Approach to an Important New Program,” Securities Litigation Report (with James M. Weir), July/August 2011
“The Dodd-Frank Act: New Life for Whistleblowers and the SEC,” Securities Litigation Report (with David B. Harrison), September 2010
2016: New York Metro Super Lawyers®: securities litigation
2015: New York Metro Super Lawyers®: securities litigation
2014: Top 150 Women in Litigation list: New York for securities- Benchmark Plaintiff
2013–2014: New York “Litigation Star” in securities- Benchmark Plaintiff
2013–2014 New York Metro Super Lawyers® list- plaintiffs: securities litigation
2012 Mass tort and class action: plaintiff representation for securities- The Legal 500 United States
2011 Super Lawyers® Business Edition list for litigation
2008, 2009, 2010: New York Super Lawyers® list
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
New York Bar Association
New York City Bar Association- Securities Litigation Committee
Rebecca and her family are active supporters of the Friends of Firefighters, the Police Benevolent Association, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Komen Race for a Cure.