Harry J. Weiss


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 2006-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Listed in the 2005 edition for his work in corporate and commercial law
  • Selected as a top-rated securities and corporate finance attorney in the 2008-2017 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for his securities litigation practice
  • Named the Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year for 2016 and 2014 by Best Lawyers. Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2005-2006, 2008-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America, in the areas of corporate (2005-2006), M&A (2005-2006), securities/capital markets law (2005-2006, 2008-2017) and corporate governance and compliance law (2008-2017)
  • Selected by Washingtonian magazine as one of the top lawyers in Washington DC in the area of securities law, 200720092011 and 2013
  • 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 Global Investigations Review's Who's Who Legal: Investigations 2017, as well as the 2013 and 2014 editions of The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers

Publications & News


June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

January 3, 2017

SEC Settles Two More Whistleblower Protection Cases

Continuing its efforts to bring enforcement actions for violations of whistleblower protections, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently settled two more cases. Both cases involved severance agreements that contained provisions that, the SEC asserted, expressly prohibited former employees from communicating with the government about possible violations of law. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished by Law360.

December 2, 2016

Change and Continuity in Securities Regulation

Given the fluidity of the regulatory environment, making accurate predictions regarding what to expect from the SEC under a new Administration and a new Chair is difficult. Nevertheless, in this Client Alert we explore possible key areas of securities regulation that may be affected under the new Administration. This Client Alert was republished by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

October 31, 2016

SEC Examiners Focus on Investment Adviser and Broker-Dealer Compliance With Whistleblower Rules

Last week, the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert regarding examinations of investment adviser and broker-dealer registrants' compliance with key whistleblower provisions arising out of the Dodd-Frank Act.

October 11, 2016

New SEC Settlements Show Continued Focus on Whistleblower Protection and Severance Agreements

The Securities and Exchange Commission continues to pursue enforcement actions against companies for whistleblower-related violations. This WilmerHale Client Alert, which was also published by Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report on December 5, 2016, examines the latest in a recent string of settled orders.

September 20, 2016

SEC Settlements Put Severance Agreements Under Increased Scrutiny

An article by William McLucas, Harry Weiss, Matthew Martens, Thomas White, Arian June and Elizabeth Skey, published in Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report, explores two settlements providing the latest examples of the SEC's continued focus on employee confidentiality provisions and the agency's broad application of the whistleblower protection rules.

August 17, 2016

SEC Settlements Put Severance Agreements Under Increased Scrutiny

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced settlements with two companies for using severance agreements that allegedly violated Rule 21F-17.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

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.