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William R. McLucas

Partner

Chair, Securities Department

McLucas, William R.

William McLucas is one of the most sought-after advisors to public companies, boards of directors, audit committees and special committees dealing with corporate crises and related issues. He joined the firm after serving for more than eight years as Director of Enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement’s—longer than any other Enforcement Division Director in Commission history. He represents public companies, investment banks, accounting firms and advisors to mutual funds facing a variety of corporate and market crises, as well as Securities and Exchange Commission investigations. Mr. McLucas is chair of the firm’s Securities Department.

In 1977, Mr. McLucas joined the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement. He led the Division's Staff in numerous high-profile investigations and landmark enforcement actions, including hundreds of insider trading cases and numerous inquiries and proceedings involving public companies, accounting firms, investment banks, and participation in the municipal securities markets.

In addition, Mr. McLucas has led numerous audit committee and special committee inquiries, and has also represented numerous corporate executives and directors in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business describes Mr. McLucas as "one of the country's most celebrated regulatory attorneys." 

Honors & Awards

  • Listed as a "Leading Lawyer" in the area of litigation: white-collar criminal defense in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of The Legal 500 United States
  • Recognized in 2008 as a Visionary in the Legal Times' "Greatest Washington Lawyers in the Past 30 Years"
  • Selected as one of only seven "Leading Lawyers" in Corporate Governance in the March 2008 issue of Legal Times. He was also named Washington DC's "Leading Lawyer" in the area of securities and corporate governance by the Legal Times, December 2004.
  • Nationally recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his work in the securities regulation: enforcement area (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013). Previously recognized in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 editions for general commercial litigation; cited as "an expert in litigation" in the 2003 edition.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in each edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2005; in the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of Best Lawyers of America, he was recognized for his securities practice along with the areas of bet-the-company litigation, corporate governance and compliance law, and commercial litigation; named Washington DC Securities Lawyer of the Year in 2010
  • Named to Securities Docket’s inaugural ‘Enforcement 40’—a list of the 40 best and brightest individuals in the securities enforcement defense field
  • Recognized as one of the world's preeminent corporate governance lawyers in multiple editions of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers; recognized in the 2011 edition of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers   
  • Selected as one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America," by Lawdragon Magazine, which also declared him the "go-to guy for accounting fraud investigations."
  • Listed in Washingtonian magazine's "Top 30 Lawyers in Washington," 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Named among "Washington's Best Lawyers" for his securities practice in the 2013 issue.
  • Named one of the National Law Journal’s One-Hundred Most Influential Attorneys in America, 1997
  • Ranked as a "top litigation lawyer" in the 2003 edition of Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • William O. Douglas Award, 2010
  • National Public Service Award
  • Tom C. Clark Outstanding Lawyer Award
  • President’s Award for Distinguished Executive Service 

Publications & News

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April 16, 2014

Whistleblower Working Group Members Publish Series on Mitigating Risks under Dodd-Frank Act

Members of WilmerHale's Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Working Group recently published an article series in the January and April editions of Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report.

April 14, 2014

Attorneys Caught in the Ethical Crosshairs: Secretkeepers as Bounty Hunters
Under the SEC Whistleblower Rules

An article by William McLucas, Laura Wertheimer and Arian June, published in the April 14, 2014 edition of Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report, Vol. 46, No. 711.

March 12, 2014

Top Five SEC Enforcement Events in 2013

An article by William McLucas, Douglas Davison and Lesley Fredin, published in the March 2014 edition of Financial Fraud Law Report.

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.

January 27, 2014

Don’t Tread on Whistleblowers: Mitigating and Managing Retaliation Risks—Part II

An article by William McLucas, Laura Wertheimer and Arian June, published in the January 27, 2014 edition of Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report, Vol. 46, No. 167.

January 13, 2014

Don’t Tread on Whistleblowers: Mitigating and Managing Retaliation Risks

An article by William McLucas, Laura Wertheimer and Arian June, published in the January 13, 2014 edition of Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report, Vol. 46, No. 77.

December 2, 2013

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

November 18, 2013

Partner William McLucas Featured Securities Panelist at 2013 NLJ Regulatory Summit

WilmerHale Partner Bill McLucas served as a featured panelist at the 2013 NLJ Regulatory Summit which was hosted by The National Law Journal (NLJ) and Legal Times.

October 28, 2013

SEC Enforcement Developments: Renewed Focus on Lawyers

An article by William McLucas, Douglas Davison and Michael Lamson, published in the October 28, 2013 edition of Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report.

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.

Recent Highlights

Mr. McLucas has represented the board committees in some of the most prominent corporate scandals that have arisen recently in the US markets, including the Special Committees of both Enron and WorldCom. He also advised the Special Committee of the Board of Nortel Networks in its review of certain accounting restatements and, more recently, the Special Committee of the Board of UnitedHealth Group in its review of options dating issues.

He also has represented numerous public companies and their executives, as well as public accounting firms and hedge funds in connection with securities enforcement and regulatory inquiries.

Professional Activities

Mr. McLucas is a frequent speaker on panels and programs on topics pertaining to securities laws, corporate governance and law enforcement.

Practices

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Education

JD, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1975, Research Editor, Temple Law Quarterly

BA, Pennsylvania State University, 1972, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

New York

Pennsylvania