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Former Chief of SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower Jane Norberg Joins Arnold & Porter’s Securities Enforcement and Litigation Practice in Washington, DC

May 24, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC, May 24, 2021 — Arnold & Porter announced today that Jane Norberg has joined the firm’s Securities Enforcement and Litigation practice as a partner, resident in Washington, DC.  She most recently served as Chief of the Office of the Whistleblower of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), an office created by Congress in 2010 under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  

Arnold & Porter Chairman Richard M. Alexander commented: “Jane is joining the firm at a time when we see an uptick in whistleblower-driven investigations and enforcement actions.  Jane’s knowledge and vast experience on SEC rules and processes, along with her unique understanding of whistleblower issues will be invaluable for our clients navigating the critical intersection of enforcement, regulation, and compliance.”

Ms. Norberg’s practice will focus on helping companies navigate complexities related to  emerging whistleblower issues, counseling companies seeking proactively to assess their exposure to whistleblower allegations and, in the case of specific allegations, assisting the company in guiding its response and defense.  Most recently, Ms. Norberg oversaw the SEC Whistleblower Program, including advising the SEC Chairman and Division of Enforcement Director on emerging whistleblower issues and the development of rulemaking and policies, as well as reporting to and advising Congress on the program’s activities and whistleblower matters.  She joined the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2012 as Deputy Chief of the Office and was appointed to her position in 2016.  She is only the second person to serve in this position.  Under her leadership, Ms. Norberg oversaw growth of the program and the Office’s staff, including a record-breaking number of tips received and awards issued to whistleblowers.  Ms. Norberg directly advised on all whistleblower protection cases brought by the Commission under her tenure, including four  anti-retaliation and 13 impeding cases under Exchange Act Rule 21F-17.  She also co-led a diversity and inclusion initiative across the SEC Division of Enforcement.

Ms. Norberg said “I was drawn to Arnold & Porter’s deep bench in the Securities Enforcement and Litigation, Employment, and White Collar and government investigation areas.  I look forward to joining these professionals in assisting clients to anticipate and proactively address whistleblower issues when they arise and to mitigate the potential legal and reputational consequences.”

Prior to joining the SEC, Ms. Norberg was in private practice, where she focused on executive compensation and employee benefits.  She also served as a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service for five years.

Ms. Norberg earned her JD, cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law, where she was editor of St. John’s Law Review, recipient of the Merit Scholarship, and received the Corpus Juris Secundum, an award for excellence in Criminal Law.  She earned her BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the National Sociology Honor Society.

About Arnold & Porter’s Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice

Arnold & Porter is one of the leading securities enforcement and litigation practices dedicated to representing clients facing high stakes litigation and government investigations. The team is comprised of former SEC, DOJ, CFTC, Assistant US, and US State Department attorneys, Congressional staff, US Court of Appeals and District Court clerks, and lawyers who have litigated precedent-setting securities matters. The team offers clients creative and proactive analysis of complex factual and legal issues, a strategic approach that addresses business, and a commitment to world class representation. Arnold & Porter carries a tradition of excellence in securities enforcement and litigation representation that dates to the founding of our practice by one of the authors of the seminal SEC antifraud rule, Rule 10b-5.

About Arnold & Porter

With nearly 1,000 lawyers practicing in 13 offices around the globe, Arnold & Porter serves clients across 40 distinct practice areas.  The firm offers 100 years of renowned regulatory expertise, sophisticated litigation and transactional practices, and leading multidisciplinary offerings in the life sciences and financial services industries.