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April M. Elliott

April Elliott’s practice focuses on complex securities enforcement matters, as well as government and internal investigations. She has represented corporations, financial institutions and individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and other governmental and self-regulatory organizations. She has also represented corporations and individuals in congressional investigations, special committees in investigations and derivative litigation, and has provided strategic counsel to companies and individuals facing complex challenges involving law, business and public relations. Ms. Elliott maintains an active pro bono practice.

Ms. Elliott rejoined the firm in 2017 after serving as senior advisor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs and senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development at the US Department of the Treasury, where she advised on complex policy, regulatory and legal issues related to financial regulation, trade in financial services, development policy and congressional relations. 

Past Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Elliott served as an intern for the Hon. Charles R. Breyer of the US District Court for the Northern District of California as well as at the SEC, and served as a congressional aide.

Experience

  • 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. 

Recognition

  • Recipient of the Secretary of the Treasury Meritorious Service Award

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Credentials

  • 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

Credentials