Katherine “Kit” Addleman, regional director of the Atlanta office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, will leave the SEC after 20 years of service in late October to become a partner with Haynes and Boone.

“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, a managing partner with Haynes and Boone. “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 specialized litigation practice at the firm, added, “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. Kit will bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to the firm to serve this growing practice.”

Cases brought under 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 advisors; and fraud, books and records, and supervision violations by broker/dealers and representatives.

Her legal career began in 1986 as an enforcement staff attorney and special counsel in the SEC’s Philadelphia office. She was assistant regional director for enforcement in the Denver office and then associate regional director for enforcement in Atlanta in 2005 and 2006, and in Fort Worth in 2006 and 2007, becoming the regional director of the Atlanta office in June 2007.

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