Paul M.G. Helms - Former SEC Enforcement Attorney - McDermott Will & Emery


A former SEC Enforcement Attorney, Paul Helms manages risk associated with complex securities issues. He defends clients facing SEC and government inquiries, conducts internal investigations and handles securities litigation. In particular, Paul developed substantial experience in matters involving investment advisers, mutual funds and private funds, in part through his training as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

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Government and Internal Investigations

  • Managed an audit committee investigation involving non-GAAP metrics and revenue recognition issues for Fortune 500 cybersecurity software company
  • Represented advisory affiliates of a national bank in connection with an SEC investigation into disclosures related to proprietary mutual funds and share class selection
  • Represented an engagement team facing a PCAOB and internal inquiry into auditor independence
  • Defended a broker-dealer in an SEC insider trading matter closed without charges

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  • Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer, 2023


  • Chicago Bar Association, Securities Law Committee, Co-Chair


Vanderbilt University Law School, JD, 2003
College of William and Mary, BA, cum laude, 2000

District of Columbia

US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin