Scott Lesmes

Partner | Washington, D.C. | (202) 887-1585
(202) 887-1585

Scott Lesmes is co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance | Capital Markets practice. Scott focuses his practice on counseling clients with respect to corporate and securities matters. He advises publicly-listed companies and boards of directors on a broad range of securities regulation and corporate governance issues and has substantial experience in dealing with restatements and internal control concerns.

Scott also counsels issuers and underwriters in the public offering process and in corporate compliance matters involving SEC reporting and disclosure requirements.

Prior to his career in private law, Scott served as in-house counsel at two public companies. He worked extensively in establishing corporate compliance programs and policies, including those related to insider trading, Section 16, and corporate disclosure while serving as Chief Legal Officer for Allied Capital Corporation, a NYSE-listed business development company, as well as Deputy General Counsel/Chief Securities Counsel for Fannie Mae, a financial services company. Scott draws on his significant in-house experience to provide valuable perspective in his role as an outside advisor. 

Scott currently serves as chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Practice and Opinion Review Committee, and as a co-chair of Practising Law Institute’s Annual Disclosure Documents program.

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