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Stephen J. Korotash

Fax +1.214.939.5849

Mr. Korotash is one of only two practicing attorneys in the nation who has served as both a Senior Enforcement Officer with the SEC and a federal prosecutor with the Justice Department. The founding co-chair of the University of Texas Government Enforcement Institute, Mr. Korotash was recently, again voted by his peers as a “Best Attorney in Dallas.”

Mr. Korotash limits his practice to:

  • Defending corporations and regulated entities and their officers and directors in government investigations, particularly actions involving the SEC, Justice Department, the CFTC and financial service regulators;
  • Conducting internal investigations for corporations, regulated entities, their boards and board committees;
  • Advising corporate counsel and broker-dealers/investment advisers in connection with government/regulatory investigations and shareholder litigation and compliance with securities laws and FINRA rules;
  • Conducting due diligence in connection with corporate transactions; and
  • Defending government attorneys, agents and officers in connection with various types of investigations and internal inquiries.

Mr. Korotash has extensive regulatory and trial experience. He practiced with the SEC and the Justice Department for 28 years, completing his government service as an Associate Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, leading the SEC’s enforcement program in the Southwestern United States. In that capacity, Mr. Korotash was one of three Senior Officers overseeing the nationwide operation of the SEC’s Cooperation Initiative, which rewards self-reporting and cooperation in enforcement matters. Prior to his selection to head the enforcement program, Mr. Korotash served as the chief trial attorney in the SEC’s Texas regional office and as an assistant chief litigation counsel in Washington, D.C., litigating and supervising many significant cases involving:

  • FCPA violations
  • Accounting Fraud
  • Disclosure Practices
  • Insider Trading
  • Investment Adviser/Broker-Dealer Fraud
  • Municipal Bond Fraud
  • Oil & Gas Fraud
  • Issuer Reporting Violations

As both an assistant and special assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Korotash prosecuted cases in seven judicial districts throughout the nation, including the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia, and has briefed and argued numerous appellate cases. As a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Korotash first-chaired jury trials for offenses including:

  • Securities Fraud
  • Political Corruption
  • Health Care Fraud
  • RICO
  • Bank Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Mail/Wire Fraud
  • Murder, Narcotics Trafficking

Additionally, Mr. Korotash served as Congressional Liaison for the nation’s U.S. Attorneys and was an ex-officio member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and its political corruption sub-committee. During his Justice Department tenure, Steve also served as Chief of the Criminal Division for the General Counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now USCIS). In that capacity, he developed criminal prosecution policies, supervised federal prosecutors throughout the nation dedicated to criminal immigration cases and assisted with the development of the Employer Sanctions Program. At the Justice Department, Steve was a frequent instructor and lecturer at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute. He is now a frequent speaker on securities enforcement and white collar crime issues at industry, legal and media sponsored events.

Additional Information

  • Honorable Discharge, USAR
  • Operation Desert Storm, Bronze Star Medal
  • Defended Fortune 500 company in SEC accounting fraud investigation
  • Defended the CEO of a publicly traded financial service firm in connection with SEC insider trading investigation
  • Defended former Chairman/CEO of publicly traded exploration company in parallel SEC/DOJ FCPA investigation
  • Defended manufacturing firm and its president in DOJ False Claims Act investigation
  • Defended CEO of a financial service firm in connection with parallel investigations by the SEC and Justice Department
  • Defended a publicly-traded manufacturing firm in SEC whistleblower-initiated investigation
  • Defended the CFO of a publicly traded environmental service firm in a trade secrets investigation by the Department of Justice
  • Defended the CEO of an energy trading company in a corruption investigation by the Department of Justice
  • Defended a publicly traded financial service firm in connection with an enforcement investigation by the CFPB
  • Defended a financial officer of a publicly traded firm in connection with FINRA insider trading investigation
  • Defended a publicly-traded financial service company in SEC investigation relating to financial disclosures
  • Defended the chief compliance officer of a national broker-dealer in SEC investigation of supervisory failures
  • Defended a private equity firm in SEC investigation of its valuation and disclosure practices
  • Defended a publicly traded financial service firm in connection with SEC accounting fraud investigation
  • Defended a national broker-dealer and its chief compliance officer in parallel investigations by the SEC and FINRA
  • Defended a national broker-dealer in SEC investigation involving systemic compliance failures
  • Defended registered investment adviser in SEC investigation of the firm’s asset valuation practices
  • Defended corporate officer alleged to have participated in a stock manipulation scheme
  • Defended individual investors alleged to have received ill-gotten gains in connection with an investment scheme
  • Conducted internal investigation for energy services firm in connection with allegations of FCPA violations
  • Conducted internal investigation for publicly traded fund regarding compliance failures
  • Conducted internal investigation for national broker-dealer regarding technology risk exposure
  • Conducted internal investigation for real estate investment firm in connection with allegations of illegal political contributions