WilmerHale Hires Former Regional SEC Director, Expanding California Presence and Strengthening Securities Practice

WilmerHale Hires Former Regional SEC Director, Expanding California Presence and Strengthening Securities Practice


WilmerHale is pleased to announce that Randall Lee, former Regional Director in Los Angeles for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined the firm as Partner in its securities practice. He will be opening WilmerHale's new office in Los Angeles, and bolstering the firm's preeminent securities practice, which includes in its ranks many other former SEC officials.

This expansion follows WilmerHale's entry into California in 2005 with its Palo Alto office. The L.A. practice will enable WilmerHale to extend its leading intellectual property, intellectual property litigation, corporate, securities litigation and enforcement, and white collar defense practices to the southern California area.

“We are thrilled to have Randall join our firm, and to open an office in Los Angeles,” said William F. Lee and William J. Perlstein, co-managing partners of WilmerHale. “Our expansion will enable us to better serve our clients who are based on the West Coast or whose legal work arises in that region.”

Randall Lee served as the SEC’s Regional Director for the Pacific Region, based in Los Angeles, from 2001 until July of this year. As the first Asian American to head one of the SEC’s regional offices, he was responsible for overseeing the SEC’s enforcement and examination programs in nine Western states.

“Randall’s expertise in securities law and his proven leadership abilities make him a tremendous asset to WilmerHale and to our clients,” said William R. McLucas, chair of the Securities Department at WilmerHale. “He will help to make our securities law practice—one of the largest and most diverse of its kind—even stronger.”

WilmerHale’s securities practice consists of more than 225 lawyers, including many others who served at the SEC, such as McLucas, who was Director of Enforcement for eight years. The securities practice has successfully resolved some of the most significant and complex securities investigations and litigations over the last two decades. The practice offers sophisticated regulatory compliance advice and corporate governance counseling to companies and other financial market participants in the United States and Europe, and is highly regarded for its representation of investment management and broker-dealer businesses.

“WilmerHale has the nation’s premier securities practice, a roster of renowned attorneys across a broad range of practice areas and a deep commitment to public service,” said Randall Lee. “I am delighted to be joining such a distinguished firm, and I look forward to spearheading the new Los Angeles office and to representing and counseling the firm’s clients.”

Prior to joining the SEC, Lee was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles from 1994 to 2001. He served as a Deputy Chief in the Major Frauds Section of the Criminal Division. Before that, Lee practiced corporate and securities law at the firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Buckley on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Lee received his B.A. from Yale University in 1983 and his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 1989, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was an Articles Editor on the California Law Review.