Mike Trager, a senior partner, chairs Arnold & Porter's Securities Enforcement Practice, co-chairs the Firm's Securities Enforcement and Litigation Group, and is part of the Firm's leadership.
With nearly 30 years of experience, Mr. Trager defends investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Congress, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and other regulators. He also conducts and defends internal investigations and independent reviews, defends securities litigation, and counsels on corporate and regulatory compliance, corporate governance, crisis management, disclosure, and securities and market matters.
Mr. Trager represents global institutions, senior executives, and others in matters that often are high profile, involve complex facts and legal issues, and have substantial potential consequences. His clients include public companies across a wide array of industries, financial services and investment firms of all types, other market participants on both the sell-side and buy-side, and professionals (including accounting firms, auditors, law firms and lawyers). He also represents chairmen and other directors, chief executive officers, chief financial officers, general counsels, chief compliance and risk management officers, other senior executives, and principals.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Trager served in the SEC's Division of Enforcement in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for conducting investigations and involved in representing the government in litigation.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has consistently ranked Mr. Trager as a leading nationwide lawyer in the area of securities regulation and enforcement. According to Chambers, he is "practical and responsive" with "excellent analytical skills and a big-picture perspective." Chambers describes him as having "great instincts, meticulous attention to detail and client care" and "as an exceptionally talented practitioner" who is "highly collaborative" and "smart and resourceful."
The following are some examples of the many matters handled by Mr. Trager in recent years:
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005-2013), ranked as a leading nationwide lawyer for securities regulation and enforcement
The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2014), selected for corporate law, securities litigation, and securities regulation
Washingtonian magazine (2009, 2011, and 2013), selected as one of the top lawyers in Washington DC for securities law
Martindale-Hubbell (2006-2013), received the highest peer review rating (Preeminent AV)
Also recognized in Washington DC's Best Lawyers, Washington DC Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers, Guide to the World's Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers, and The Legal 500 US: Litigation
Mr. Trager is the author of numerous publications on securities and investigations and speaks frequently at legal education conferences sponsored by ALI-ABA, Practising Law Institute and others. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society and the Executive Council of the Federal Bar Association Securities Law Section. He served previously on Task Forces established by the American Bar Association and District of Columbia Bar to review the SEC’s selective disclosure and insider trading rules.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Trager has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Washington Ballet, chair of the Law Firm Sponsors of The Children’s Law Center, chair of the Refugees International annual event, chair of The Phillips Collection annual gala, and a member of the Economics Club of Washington, DC.