Bruce M. Bettigole: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Bruce M. Bettigole

Bruce Bettigole
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Internal Investigations
  • White Collar Defense
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Investment Adviser
  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Class Action Defense
  • Financial Services
  • Accountants' & Attorneys' Liability
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Crisis Management
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0165
Fax: 202-637-3593
University Yale University, B.A., cum laude
Law SchoolColumbia Law School, J.D. Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Admitted1981, District of Columbia; 1982, New Jersey

Professional Activities

Member, American Bar Association
Member, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance and Legal Society


Bruce Bettigole has more than 30 years' experience as a securities enforcement lawyer and litigator, including 13 years in senior positions on the government/regulatory side. He has been lead trial counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel, Chief Counsel for NASD, now known as FINRA, Chief Counsel of NASD's Criminal Prosecution Assistance Group, and Special Assistant United States Attorney for several U.S. Attorney's offices. Bruce relies on his deep experience and insider's knowledge of those agencies to represent clients involved in FINRA, SEC, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), state securities commissions, and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and litigation, as well as in FINRA arbitrations and private securities class actions.

Bruce provides counsel across a broad spectrum of securities enforcement matters, including allegations of misrepresentations, omissions, accounting fraud, stock manipulation, insider trading, deficient policies and procedures, sales practices, supervision and other key issues. His clients include broker-dealers, investment advisors and their associated persons; major public corporations and their officers, directors and key management personnel; and audit partners at ”Big Four“ public accounting firms.

Bruce served as Director and Chief Counsel in NASD's Enforcement Department from 2003 to 2004, where he supervised investigations and litigation. He was Chief Counsel of NASD's Criminal Prosecution Assistance Group from its inception in 1998 until 2003, supervising the unit and assisting federal, state, and local prosecutors nationwide in criminal securities-related investigations and prosecutions. From 1991 to 1998, Bruce was Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel with the SEC. He also served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York, Florida, and Nevada, and was lead trial counsel for numerous securities fraud prosecutions.

Selected Experience
Sutherland serves as national counsel for complex product cases.
Sutherland wins partial summary judgment and obtains settlement for former executive of public company in which SEC abandons its fraud claims on the eve of trial.
Sutherland represents a broker-dealer in a FINRA investigation concerning equity-indexed annuities.

Awards and Rankings

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of administrative/regulatory law, securities regulation and litigation - securities law (2007-2015)

Selected for inclusion in Washington, DC, Super Lawyers (2013-2014)

President's Award - NASD (2002)

Client Tools
• Crisis Management


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FINRA Provides New Carve-Out Provisions to Include in Settlement and Confidentiality Agreements
Peter J. Anderson,Eric A. Arnold,Keith J. Barnett,Bruce M. Bettigole,Patricia A. Gorham, November 8, 2014
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Member Firms have new language to include in their settlement and confidentiality agreements. On October 9, FINRA released Regulatory Notice (RN) 14-40, warning that firms are prohibited from including any provisions in arbitration settlement...

What Does It Take to Make the SEC Happy? SEC Criticism of Broker-Dealers’ Due Diligence for Sales of Unregistered Securities Leaves More Questions Than Answers
Peter J. Anderson,Eric A. Arnold,Keith J. Barnett,Bruce M. Bettigole,Patricia A. Gorham, November 4, 2014
To ensure that broker-dealers (BDs) do not inadvertently facilitate an unlawful distribution of securities, the Securities and Exchange Commission has long required BDs to conduct a “reasonable inquiry” into the circumstances surrounding their customers’ claimed registration...

S.D.N.Y. Judge Permits Novel Theory And Allows SEC To Use Unpaid Taxes As Measure Of Disgorgement In Securities Fraud Case
Bruce M. Bettigole,Maia Cogen,Thomas A. Cullinan,Shanyn L. Gillespie,H. Karl Zeswitz, October 3, 2014
In a case against Dallas billionaires Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother, Charles, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York agreed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that the defendants were liable for unpaid taxes as...

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Bruce M. Bettigole

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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