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Harry J. Weiss

Partner

Chair, Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group

Weiss, Harry J.

Harry Weiss represents clients in securities enforcement matters and counsels corporations and their directors and officers regarding a wide range of corporate compliance issues. He joined the firm in 1995 and served on the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for 11 years, ultimately as Associate Director of the Division of Enforcement. Mr. Weiss is chair of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice.

While at the SEC, Mr. Weiss led investigations involving insider trading, financial reporting, accounting and disclosure problems and broker-dealer and investment adviser violations. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Weiss was the General Counsel of PaineWebber, Inc., in New York. 

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a national leader in the areas of Financial Services and Securities in the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Listed in the 2005 edition for his work in corporate and commercial law
  • Selected by Washingtonian magazine as one of the top lawyers in Washington DC in the area of securities law, 2007, 20092011 and 2013
  • Named the "Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year" in 2014 by Best Lawyers. Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2005-2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, in the areas of corporate (2005-2006), M&A (2005-2006), securities law (2005-2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and corporate governance and compliance law (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Named to Securities Docket’s inaugural ‘Enforcement 40’—a list of the 40 best and brightest individuals in the securities enforcement defense field.  
  • Recognized by his peers as one of the world's leading corporate governance lawyers in Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best
  • Nominated by clients and peers for inclusion in the 2013 guide of The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers

Publications & News

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February 20, 2014

Update: SEC's Financial Reporting and Audit Task Force

On February 11, Margaret McGuire, Vice Chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Financial Reporting and Audit Task Force (Task Force), participated in a DC Bar panel discussion to review the objectives, administration and early initiatives of the Task Force since its formation was announced by the SEC last July.

December 2, 2013

Washingtonian Magazine Names 14 WilmerHale Attorneys to "Best Lawyers" List

October 10, 2013

Securities Partners McLucas, Weiss and Davison Selected for ‘Enforcement 40’

WilmerHale Partners Bill McLucas, Harry Weiss and Doug Davison have been named to Securities Docket’s inaugural ‘Enforcement 40’—a list of the 40 best and brightest individuals in the securities enforcement defense field.

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry. The 2014 list also highlights eight WilmerHale partners who have been named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

March 28, 2012

The STOCK Act: More Questions Than Answers?

On March 22, the United States Senate passed the "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012," or "STOCK Act." Although the Act does not include a much-discussed provision that would have required registration of "political intelligence" firms, its insider trading provisions still raise many interpretive questions, including ones that will directly affect private citizens speaking with Members of Congress and their staff members.

February 24, 2012

FINRA Now Authorized to Seek SARs Materials from Member Broker-Dealers

December 8, 2011

Washingtonian Magazine Names Eighteen WilmerHale Attorneys to "Best Lawyers" List

Professional Activities

Mr. Weiss speaks frequently on SEC enforcement and corporate compliance issues, and is a former co-chair of the Securities Enforcement Subcommittee of the ABA Litigation Section.

 

 

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Education

JD, Boston University School of Law, 1976

AB, Johns Hopkins University, 1973

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Massachusetts

New York