April M. Elliott

April Elliott focuses her practice on government investigations and litigation. She represents clients in matters involving securities trading and market regulations, disclosure issues, criminal inquiries, shareholder investigations, and anti–money laundering inquiries and also maintains an extensive pro bono practice. 

Ms. Elliott has counseled clients on securities fraud, the market access rule, fiduciary duties, foreign information privacy laws, criminal liability under securities and environmental laws, and employment discrimination. She has assisted clients on complex matters before a wide range of authorities, such as the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Assistant US Attorneys, the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

Ms. Elliott rejoined the firm after serving as senior advisor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the US Department of the Treasury. In this role, she advised on complex policy, regulatory, and legal issues related to financial regulation, the Financial Stability Board, trade in financial services, development policy, and congressional relations. Prior to this role, she was senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development.

Past Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Elliott held internships in the US District Court for the Northern District of California and in the Office of the Inspector General at the SEC, and served as a congressional aide.

She served as a research assistant to Professor Kenneth Bamberger at Berkeley Law School, performing research related to corporate privacy policies and FTC privacy regulations. Ms. Elliott also served as a tutor and teaching assistant in the Academic Skills and the First Year Skills programs at Berkeley School of Law. Additionally, Ms. Elliott served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Charles R. Breyer of US District Court for the Northern District of California, and in 2010, worked as a summer associate at WilmerHale. 

In 2009, Ms. Elliott held a legal internship with SEC in the Office of the Inspector General. During her time at the SEC she drafted portions of the Inspector General's report on the SEC's failure to uncover Madoff's Ponzi scheme. 

From 2005-2008, Ms. Elliott also worked as a legislative assistant to Congressman Leonard Boswell, and as a legislative aide for Congresswoman Hilda Solis.

Professional Activities

Ms. Elliott serves on the Board of Directors of the National Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization focused on leadership development.


Representative Matters

Government Investigations and Litigation

  • Representing broker-dealers in regulatory inquiries regarding the Market Access Rule (Rule 15c3-5);
  • Representing a Nevada-based investment management in a SEC investigation regarding investor disclosure issues;
  • Representing a major diagnostics company in criminal US Attorney inquiry regarding manufacturing practices;
  • Representing a special investigative committee of the board of a major multinational technology company in responding to a shareholder demand regarding an alleged breach of fiduciary duty;
  • Representing a former head of anti-money laundering for a major financial institution in an inquiry before the OCC;
  • Representing the College Board in securing dismissal of a suit brought against it in California Superior Court, Tang v. College Board (12-CV-223820); and
  • Representing an individual in achieving a favorable disposition of a civil suit brought by the SEC regarding the disclosure and accounting of certain transactions in the District of New Hampshire. 

Pro Bono

  • Representing an indigent defendant in a criminal matter in the Northern District of California;
  • Representing a plaintiff in a religious and race employment discrimination matter before the District Court of the District of Columbia; 
  • Representing a victim of domestic violence in her successful application for a U Visa to secure legal status in the United States; and
  • Contributing to an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter on behalf of American Indian tribes regarding their right to reimbursement from the federal government for contracts authorized by federal law. 


Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Secretary of the Treasury Meritorious Service Award

Insights & News


  • Education

    • JD, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

      Managing Editor, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, California Asylum Representation Clinic
    • BA, Political Economy of Industrial Societies, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

      California Alumni Scholar
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • California

  • Government Experience

    • Department of the Treasury

      Office of International Affairs

      Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary