A former branch chief in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and a former assistant independent counsel, Douglas Paul represents individuals and companies in government investigations and enforcement actions covering a variety of areas. He has assisted clients in responding to allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, other violations of the Securities Act of 1933, Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, FINRA violations, health care fraud, accounting fraud, fraud, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Doug has deep experience working with Fortune 500 companies and mid-market companies, including financial institutions, hedge funds, broker-dealers, infrastructure companies, and beverage and spirits distribution companies. Doug regularly advises boards of directors and associated committees in responding to whistleblower and other allegations of wrongdoing, and conducts related internal investigations.
Doug regularly represents companies and individuals in actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, and other federal and state authorities as well as related derivative and class action lawsuits. He also works with companies in developing, improving, and implementing ethics and compliance policies and procedures, and provides guidance on corporate governance. Doug strongly believes in providing practical advice that is tailored to the different needs and circumstances of each client, and does not believe that a one-size-fits-all approach is effective or appropriate for compliance issues.
Doug’s career has included both government service and private practice, giving him insight into his clients’ various challenges. When he was a branch chief in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, among Doug’s achievements, he exercised direct supervisory authority over the far-reaching and complex investigation into Enron Corp. When serving as an assistant independent counsel, Doug prosecuted public corruption.
Before joining Akerman, Doug was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of an AmLaw10 firm.