Craig Martin's practice includes representing clients in SEC enforcement and DOJ matters, corporate investigations, and private securities litigation. In the last five years, Mr. Martin has conducted more than a dozen internal corporate investigations involving complex accounting and disclosure issues, whistleblower claims, and potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Mr. Martin serves as personal counsel for executives and directors in SEC and DOJ matters involving allegations of accounting fraud, reporting failures, and insider trading. He also represents issuers and individuals in private class and derivative actions in state and federal court, as well as in other types of complex litigation.
In addition to his practice, Mr. Martin currently serves as a firmwide Managing Partner.
Mr. Martin served as an enforcement attorney in the SEC's San Francisco office from 1999 to 2002. During his tenure at the SEC, he worked closely with attorneys and investigators from the DOJ on both financial accounting fraud and insider trading matters, and investigated numerous violations of the federal securities laws, including financial accounting fraud and audit failures. Mr. Martin also brought one of the largest insider trading cases in SEC history, in which 15 individuals were charged with illegal trading.
Mr. Martin is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in Corporate Governance and Compliance, and is listed in Benchmark: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Future Star" in Litigation (California). He is also recommended by Legal 500 US (2015) for his work in renewable/alternative energy.
Mr. Martin is regularly quoted in such publications as the Daily Journal, The Recorder, and GC Magazine. Additionally, he has spoken about internal investigation procedures, securities litigation and enforcement, corporate governance, and compliance with the FCPA to, among others, the Practising Law Institute, the Institute for Corporate Counsel, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the National Society of Compliance Professionals, the California Bankers Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Mr. Martin earned his B.A. in 1990 from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review.
- Represented a U.S.-based public corporation in an internal investigation regarding alleged violations of the FCPA and other anti-bribery statutes in China, elsewhere in Asia, and Latin America. Following the conclusion of our investigation, the SEC and DOJ took no action against our client.
- Represented a large enterprise software company in an SEC investigation regarding alleged revenue accounting improprieties and violations of the company’s code of ethics by employees in a foreign office. The SEC did not proceed against the company.
- Represented numerous Special and Audit Committees, corporations, and individuals in connection with SEC and DOJ investigations into stock option granting practices. In each case, the government either took no action against our client or agreed to a settlement on favorable terms.
- Represented a Silicon Valley hardware company in connection with an SEC investigation into alleged accounting improprieties following a significant restatement. We settled the matter on the company’s behalf on very favorable terms.
- Represented executives in numerous insider trading investigations conducted by the SEC and/or FINRA. Neither the SEC nor FINRA has pursued a case against any of these clients.
- Represented a large public retailer in an SEC investigation into alleged accounting irregularities. The case was resolved on favorable terms.
- Represented the CEO of a public reseller that recently announced a multi-year restatement in connection with an ongoing SEC investigation. The SEC took no action against our client.
- Supervised FCPA-related due diligence in potential merger with company with significant international operations.
- Represented companies in connection with SEC and FINRA insider trading investigations.
- Represented bank, investment advisor, and broker-dealer clients in SEC, FDIC, FINRA, SIGTARP, DOJ, and private litigation matters relating to the credit crisis and mortgage‑backed securities.