SEC Regional Director Katherine "Kit" Addleman Heads to Haynes and Boone, LLP


Katherine "Kit" Addleman, the Atlanta regional director of the Securities and Exchange Commission who has spent the last 20 years overseeing some of the government’s highest profile enforcement cases, has been named partner in the Haynes and Boone, LLP Dallas office.

"Kit has proven herself to be a terrific lawyer who has played a major role in significant SEC efforts to protect investors," said Terry Conner, Haynes and Boone managing partner. "Her background will be an invaluable asset for the firm and our clients. We are privileged to have her as our partner."

Ron Breaux, head of the Haynes and Boone Specialized Litigation practice, said the timing of Ms. Addleman’s arrival could not be better. "Given what's happening in the SEC and the current environment of increased enforcement, an ever-expanding list of clients find themselves the subject of SEC enforcement investigations,” Mr. Breaux said. “Kit will bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to the firm to serve this growing practice."

Ms. Addleman served in four SEC regional offices during her government tenure. In her last post as Atlanta regional director, Ms. Addleman oversaw all aspects of the Atlanta office's operations, including its enforcement, examination, litigation and bankruptcy reorganization programs.

Cases brought under Ms. Addleman’s leadership included accounting fraud and financial disclosure violations by public companies and their officers and directors as well as audit failures by accounting firms and individuals. Additionally, she directed investigations and litigation involving insider trading by corporate insiders and securities market participants; fraud and compliance violations by investment advisers; and fraud, books and records, and supervision violations by broker-dealers and representatives. Ms. Addleman was also responsible for numerous matters involving market manipulation, offering fraud, and Ponzi schemes, which often involved emergency actions for temporary restraining orders, asset freezes and expedited hearings.

During Ms. Addleman’s tenure, the Atlanta office also conducted hundreds of routine, cause and sweep examinations of broker-dealers, investment advisers and mutual fund firms in the region, which led to the detection and correction of compliance violations. It also led significant risk-targeted examinations to assess potential industry trends and problems and piloted new exam techniques.

Ms. Addleman’s legal career began in 1986 as an enforcement staff attorney and special counsel in the SEC’s office in Philadelphia. She spent seven years as assistant regional director for enforcement in the commission's Denver office, then became associate regional director for enforcement in the Atlanta office from 2005 to 2006, and the Fort Worth office from 2006 to 2007. Ms. Addleman was named regional director of the Atlanta office in June 2007.

Ms. Addleman received her BA degree from Wake Forest University in 1983 and her JD from Oklahoma City University Law School in 1986.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With more than 500 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal. The firm has been recognized as one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2009), as one of "The Best 20 Law Firms to Work For" (, 2009), and as a Top 100 law firm for both diversity (MultiCultural Law Magazine, 2009) and women (Women 3.0, 2008).

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