Benjamin Neaderland


Neaderland, Benjamin

Ben Neaderland’s practice focuses on high-profile securities and financial regulatory investigations and enforcement matters. With more than a decade of experience, he represents individuals, US and global financial institutions, broker-dealers, financial advisers, high-tech startups, and publicly traded companies.

Mr. Neaderland has experience responding to investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), FINRA, state regulators, and multiple US attorneys’ offices. He has represented clients in investigations of insider trading; municipal securities underwriting practices, including corrupt payments, disclosure and conflicts of interest; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance; broker-dealer trading and compliance issues, including market manipulation, high-frequency trading and record retention; and financial reporting and disclosure practices by public issuers.

Since the CFPB’s formation in 2011, Mr. Neaderland has assisted credit card issuers, electronic payments companies and other financial services firms in CFPB investigations concerning Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP) allegations and compliance with current and proposed CFPB requirements.

Mr. Neaderland also maintains an active pro bono practice, providing legal assistance to elderly District of Columbia residents related to powers of attorney and estate planning.

Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Mr. Neaderland served as a foreign affairs specialist in the Office of European and NATO Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense (1997-2000) and as a foreign affairs legislative assistant to United States Senator William S. Cohen (1995-1996).

Mr. Neaderland is a partner in the firm's Securities Department, and a member of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice. He is also active in the firm’s Financial Institutions Practice. 

Publications & News


February 5, 2018

Midterm Congressional Election Year Merits Extra Pay-to-Play Vigilance by Investment Advisers

June 19, 2017

Implications of the Supreme Court's Kokesh Decision

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Kokesh v. SEC that a claim for disgorgement arising from the violation of federal securities law constitutes a “penalty” for purposes of the general statute of limitations provision in 28 U.S.C. § 2462. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished in the Wall Street Lawyer.

August 8, 2016

BNA Insights: Statute of Limitations for Disgorgement Claims in SEC and CFPB Enforcement Actions

This article co-written by Matthew Martens and Benjamin Neaderland, published by Bloomberg BNA's Securities Law Daily, discusses why a landmark decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit could significantly decrease the financial exposure faced by targets of SEC enforcement actions.

December 10, 2015

Parties push to enforce statutory time limits on SEC enforcement actions

An article co-written by Benjamin Neaderland, published in the Journal of Investment Compliance, Vol. 16, No. 3 2015, pp. 30-32.

April 20, 2015

Opportunities and Risks in Municipal Underwritings and Derivatives

An article by Benjamin Neaderland and Harriet Hoder, published in Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report.

April 14, 2015

Parties Push to Enforce Statutory Time Limits on SEC Enforcement Actions

Two cases now before US Courts of Appeals carry the possibility of placing meaningful new limits on the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) time horizon for bringing enforcement actions.

April 6, 2015

Contribution Caution: Mitigating Risks From Pay-To-Play

An article by Matthew Chambers, Ben Neaderland and April Elliott, published by Law360 on April 6, 2015.

January 5, 2015

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel.

August 12, 2013

Haunted by a Ghost: Snapchat, Wall Street, And the Evolving Focus of Financial Social Media Regulation

An article by Benjamin Neaderland, Jeremy Moorehouse and Daniel Hartman, published in Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report.

October 22, 2010

Auditor Liability in the Current Environment: How to Protect Yourself

A chapter by Christopher Davies and Benjamin Neaderland entitled "International Financial Reporting Standards: Issues in International Investigations," published by Practising Law Institute, 1844 PLI 365.


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JD, with Distinction, Stanford Law School, 2003

MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1995

BA, with High Honors, University of Virginia, 1992, Phi Beta Kappa

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District of Columbia






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