Updated 6:14 p.m.
The chief of the Office of Market Intelligence for the Securities and Exchange Commission will join BuckleySandler in the Washington office, the firm announced Thursday.
Thomas Sporkin will join the firm as a partner, effective June 18, as a member of the firm’s criminal and civil enforcement defense practice.
For the past two and a half years, Sporkin has overseen a 50-person unit created following the Barnard Madoff Ponzi scheme. He has a 20-year history with the Division of Enforcement. As chief, Sporkin’s office Office of Market Intelligence worked closely with the Dodd-Frank whistleblower office and was responsible for more than half of all SEC investigations. The office investigated improper Foreign Corrupt Practices Act payments, financial fraud, market manipulations and insider trading.
“He brings significant expertise, particularly with respect to federal civil and criminal enforcement and securities investigations, the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, Dodd-Frank and other whistleblower qui tam actions,” chairman and executive partner Andrew Sandler said in a written statement.
In an interview, Sporkin said that this will be his first stint in the private practice. He said that the expertise of the attorneys and the firm's ability to handle a variety of legal matters paried well with his own talents.
"It’s a relatively young firm with loads of talent that can deal with complex financial issues," Sporkin said.