Brian L. Rubin: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Brian L. Rubin

Brian Rubin
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Crisis Management
  • Financial Services
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Insurance
  • White Collar Defense
  • Internal Investigations
  • Investment Adviser
  • Litigation
  • Mutual Funds
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0124
Fax: 202-637-3593
University The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., cum laude; Duke University, M.A.
Law SchoolDuke University School of Law, J.D. Vice Chair, Moot Court Board, First Place Team, Craven Cup National Moot Court Competition
Admitted1987, Virginia; 1988, District of Columbia

Professional Activities

Member, Board of Advisors, Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report
Member, Board of Advisors, Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society
Member, 2010 Editorial Advisory Board, Securities Law360
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Securities Law, Regulation & Compliance
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Practical Compliance and Risk Management for the Securities Industry
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Investment Compliance
Former Member, Board of Directors, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (K.E.E.N.) Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization with branches in the United States and England that provides free recreation opportunities to children with severe and profound disabilities
Former Member, Board of Directors of SEEC Corporation, a nonprofit organization that provides employment, housing, recreational and therapeutic support for adults with developmental disabilities

BornBrooklyn, New York, June 5, 1962

Brian Rubin is the Washington office leader of Sutherland's Litigation group and the Administrative Partner in charge of the Securities Enforcement and Litigation Team. With more than 20 years of experience in federal securities law, first prosecuting and now defending, Brian represents clients being examined, investigated and prosecuted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), other self-regulatory organizations and states. As former NASD (now FINRA) Deputy Chief Counsel of Enforcement and Senior Enforcement Counsel at the SEC, he brings an insider's perspective to defending broker-dealers, investment advisers, investment companies, public companies and individuals in examinations, investigations, enforcement proceedings, litigation, arbitrations and in counseling.

Recently, Brian represented firms and individuals on matters involving REITs, variable annuities, variable life insurance, mutual funds, advertising, email retention and surveillance, advisory accounts, insider trading, trade reporting, markups/markdowns, registration, privacy and supervision. He regularly litigates against regulators and claimants, counsels clients on regulatory and compliance matters, and conducts internal investigations.

Selected Experience

Defeated the SEC in a trial on behalf of an independent broker-dealer and its president in an enforcement action relating to the supervision of the sale of mutual funds.

Convinced the SEC, FINRA, a state securities commission and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor to close investigations into a broker-dealer and insurance company's revenue sharing and marketing payments.

Conducted an internal investigation of a privately held company following the noisy withdrawal of its general counsel, who made allegations about the company and its chairman to the SEC and FINRA.

Awards and Rankings

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of securities law (2008-2011), litigation - securities (2012-2016) and securities regulation (2012-2016) and selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers in the area of securities litigation (2012-2015)

Recipient, Highly Commended Award Winner by the Emerald Literati Network for co-authoring “FINRA's Sanctions in 2009: A Sign of Things to Come?” published in the November 2010 issue of the Journal of Investment Compliance (2011)

Recipient, Burton Award for Legal Achievement for co-authoring “The House That the Regulators Built: An Analysis of Whether Respondents Should Litigate Against NASD, ” published in the May 2005 issue of BNA's Securities Regulation & Litigation Report (2006)

fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

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NAIC Adopts New Cybersecurity Exam Tool
Mark D. Herlach,John S. Pruitt,Stephen E. Roth,Brian L. Rubin,Cynthia R. Shoss, September 24, 2015
On September 21, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the NAIC) IT Examination Working Group (the Working Group) adopted amendments to the IT section of the Financial Condition Examiners Handbook (the Handbook) to strengthen the Handbook¿s already existing cybersecurity guidance....

NAIC Cybersecurity Forum Focuses on Escalating Threats and Best Remediation Practices
Mark D. Herlach,John S. Pruitt,Stephen E. Roth,Brian L. Rubin,Cynthia R. Shoss, September 15, 2015
On September 10, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) co-sponsored a cybersecurity forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. Featuring an impressive line-up of senior government officials and knowledgeable experts, the forum aimed to...

Hackers Gonna Hack-FINRA’s Report on Cybersecurity Practices Assists Firms in Responding to Threats
Samuel J. Casey,Charles M. Kruly,Brian L. Rubin, February 13, 2015
On February 3, 2015 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released its long-awaited Report on Cybersecurity Practices, a broad overview of the state of play in the cybersecurity arena for broker-dealers. (Although FINRA has examined only broker-dealers, its Report is helpful for the...
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Brian L. Rubin

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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