Jina Choi

Jina Choi


Oberlin College (B.A.)
Yale University (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

Admitted only in New York; working under the supervision of California licensed lawyers.
New York


Jina is a partner in our Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Defense Group — a role she is uniquely qualified for as a 16-year veteran of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Her tenure culminated in serving as the Regional Director of the San Francisco Regional Office of the SEC.

As the head of the SEC’s San Francisco office starting in 2013, Jina brought a succession of headline-making enforcement actions. Under Jina’s leadership, the agency’s San Francisco regional staff of attorneys and compliance professionals established important precedents that, according to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, the SEC “will continue to follow in the years ahead.”

In addition to her time at the SEC, Jina’s government experience includes serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Northern District of Texas, as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. She also has experience in private practice at other large law firms.

Now, Jina’s clients benefit from her in-depth knowledge and experience. Having helped to enforce many of the laws that govern the public and pre-IPO companies she represents, Jina is ideally situated to help companies’ officers, directors, and employees navigate and comply with the federal securities laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Her one-of-a-kind skillset allows her to provide clients with exceptional, comprehensive legal support. Jina represents and counsels companies on:

  • Enforcement-related litigation
  • Government and internal investigations
  • Whistleblower complaints
  • Compliance programs

As a recognized and highly respected authority on federal securities laws, Jina is a frequent speaker at industry and legal symposiums, including those sponsored by:

  • Stanford Directors’ College
  • Compliance Week West
  • TechCrunch Disrupt SF
  • Securities Enforcement Forum West
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Stanford/NVCA Venture Capital Symposium
  • American Bar Association
  • Directors Roundtable
  • The Securities Regulation Institute
  • IA Watch

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