5 December 20222 minute read

DLA Piper adds Patrick Bryan as a partner in the firm’s Litigation group

DLA Piper is continuing the growth of its Litigation practice with the addition of Patrick Bryan as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office. 

Bryan is a leading authority in the financial services and enforcement sector. Over the last nine years, he has served in senior roles for three principal regulators, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

As the Director of the Division of Enforcement and Investigations at the PCAOB, Bryan provided executive leadership and oversight of the agency’s enforcement program. He designed and led division-wide transformation of PCAOB investigative functions; led the design and implementation of division-wide strategic initiatives; and led several first of their kind enforcement actions, including imposing one of the largest civil money penalties in a settled action for supervisory failures and use of confidential PCAOB inspection information.

In his past experience at the Federal Reserve, he served as the Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement overseeing all enforcement functions of the Federal Reserve System. His responsibilities included approving and overseeing enforcement investigations and litigation against Board-supervised institutions and individuals. Bryan also oversaw the general management of the Board’s enforcement function, including training and overall promotion of the organization’s goals and objectives.

As litigation counsel at the SEC, Bryan investigated violations of the anti-bribery and anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws and served as trial counsel in litigated matters. His trial experience encompassed cases alleging fraud in connection with the sale of securities to foreign investors, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and accounting fraud by a company’s Chief Accounting Officer.

“Patrick brings a blend of public and private experience that positions him to build a robust financial services practice,” said Ilana Eisenstein, incoming US chair of the firm’s Litigation practice. “Patrick’s knowledge, experience and agency relationships will be a strong asset to clients.” 

“We are delighted to welcome Patrick to our Washington, DC office and look forward to his contributions in the financial services sector,” said William Minor, managing partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office.