Mike Piazza focuses his practice on securities and white-collar litigation, accounting liability matters, business litigation and complex commercial litigation. He regularly handles the defense of individuals and companies faced with allegations of wrong doing asserted by US regulators (SEC, CFTC, FTC, PCAOB), the US Department of Justice, state attorneys general and foreign regulators. He is experienced with internal SEC procedures and enforcement policies, including those concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions.

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  • Defended three outside directors of a mutual fund in an SEC investigation by the San Francisco Regional Office; no liability findings against any of the directors despite enforcement action against the fund’s manager (2017)*
  • Defended California real estate developer and his private equity fund in an SEC investigation by the Los Angeles Regional Office and obtained closure of the investigation with no enforcement recommendation (2017)*

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  • Super Lawyers, Southern California, 2011-2018
  • The Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2008


  • Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, member
  • Orange County Bar Association, member


University of Minnesota Law School, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1987
Carleton College, cum laude, 1983

New York

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