Ms. Echavarria represents public companies, corporate officers, financial institutions, hedge funds and other financial market participants facing government investigations and enforcement actions. She conducts internal investigations for boards and audit committees, and provides advice and guidance to businesses on corporate governance and compliance issues.
Ms. Echavarria previously spent more than 15 years at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, where she most recently served as Associate Regional Director and head of the enforcement program for the Los Angeles Regional Office. In this role, Ms. Echavarria oversaw all the office’s attorneys and accountants in the investigation and litigation of federal securities law violations in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. She supervised a broad range of investigations involving every major subject area in the SEC’s enforcement program, including financial reporting and disclosure, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities registration and offering fraud, insider trading, hedge fund regulation, market manipulation, investment adviser and broker-dealer regulation, and matters arising out of all of the SEC’s specialized units.
Before joining the SEC in 2000, Ms. Echavarria worked for several years as an associate at two other Los Angeles-based law firms.