People

Harry J. Weiss

Partner

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 2006-2016 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 2008-2016 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

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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.

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.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

December 17, 2015

Barclays Completes Sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial

On December 4, 2015, Barclays PLC completed the sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial Corp. WilmerHale represented Barclays through this transaction, which was announced on June 8, 2015.

August 17, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2016 Best Lawyers in America®, Seven Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America® recognizes 99 WilmerHale lawyers and names seven partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 22nd edition. Only one lawyer in each legal practice specialty within each region is honored as a Lawyer of the Year.

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.