Nicole Rabner


Rabner, Nicole

Nicole Rabner is a partner in the firm's Securities Department, and a member of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group. She joined the firm in 2002.

Before attending law school, Ms. Rabner served in the Clinton Administration in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Senior Advisor to the First Lady.


Ms. Rabner’s practice concentrates on securities enforcement and securities litigation. She has represented individuals, accounting firms, hedge funds, and financial institutions subject to investigations conducted by the SEC and the Department of Justice involving matters such as financial reporting, accounting practices, and disclosure issues. Ms. Rabner also has handled complex litigation involving the securities laws, including defending against litigation filed by the SEC.

Ms. Rabner’s practice also includes advising individuals and corporations involved in congressional investigations or called to testify in administrative or congressional hearings. In addition, Ms. Rabner advises corporations and trade associations on a range of public policy matters and legislative proposals.

Ms. Rabner has maintained an active pro bono practice that has included bringing suit under the Freedom of Information Act against the Department of Health and Human Services.

Publications & News


March 26, 2018

Board Oversight of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is one of the highest priority issues for public company executives and directors. This note shares our views—developed over our involvement in the aftermath of many cybersecurity events as well as counseling on cyber-preparedness—on how boards can properly oversee cybersecurity risks. This client alert was also published by Law360.

February 23, 2018

Supreme Court Articulates Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Definition in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers

On February 21, 2018, the Supreme Court held in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers that the anti-retaliation whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) apply only to those who have reported allegations to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) as of the time of the allegedly retaliatory conduct.

May 26, 2015

Litigating With and at the SEC

An article by Douglas Davison, Matthew Martens, Nicole Rabner and Natalie Rastin, published in The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol. 48 No. 9 on May 6, 2015.

December 23, 2014

Recent Insider Trading Decision

On December 10, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion in United States v. Newman that could be the most consequential insider trading decision in a generation, but for reasons that virtually no one anticipated.

February 19, 2014

5 Tips for Surviving a Fight with the SEC

An article by Nicole R. Rabner, published in the February 19, 2014 edition of Corporate Counsel.

December 4, 2013

WilmerHale, Dentons Secure Complete 12-Count Victory in Securities Case

WilmerHale and Dentons US LLP are pleased to announce that they received a total defense verdict in favor of their client Stephen M. Kovzan, the Chief Financial Officer of NIC Inc., from a jury sitting in the US District Court for the District of Kansas.

January 3, 2012

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

December 9, 2009

WilmerHale Announces 2010 Promotions

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the firm's 2010 elevations, which will become effective on January 1, 2010. A full list of elevated partners and special counsel can be found at the end of this press release.

January 12, 2009

WilmerHale Team Assists in Successful Effort To Persuade Federal Prosecutors To Drop Charges Against David Stockman


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JD, Yale Law School, 2003

BA, magna cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1993, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

New York

Government Experience

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