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About Britt

Britt Steckman focuses her practice on civil and criminal litigation and federal securities law. Her clients include individuals, broker-dealers, municipal advisors, large and medium sized investment banks, municipal issuers, nationally recognized statistical rating organizations, and energy companies, among others.

Britt defends enforcement actions by state and federal authorities; advises clients on compliance matters; conducts internal investigations; represents clients in all stages of civil litigation, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations and administrative litigation; and advises on federal securities law issues in municipal securities transactions. Her experience includes federal securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) including establishing and maintaining compliance programs, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the False Claims Act (FCA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), Federal Power Act (FPA) and the Natural Gas Act. Britt also has experience with appeals.

As a pro bono lawyer, Britt has represented individuals in immigration matters and served as the first-chair attorney in a civil trial.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Westlake Vinyls, Inc. — defense of arbitration regarding allocation of soil and groundwater remediation costs arising from contamination at a chemical manufacturing facility.

Interstate natural gas pipeline company — defended challenges to Clean Water Act Section 401 certifications and FERC certificate in federal court of appeals

Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. — defended litigation at FERC over claims related to the 2000-2001 California energy crisis, including defense of legal challenge to long-term contract with the State of California

Major energy sector company — successfully defended senior executive in DOJ/SEC investigation into alleged FCPA violations, including responding to Wells notice

Major energy sector company — successfully defended SEC investigation relating to use of non-disclosure agreements

City in Southwestern US — successful defense in an SEC enforcement investigation

Investment banks — defended various SEC, FINRA, and state attorney general enforcement investigations relating to municipal securities disclosure, trading, and pricing

Investment bank — defended in FINRA arbitration

Multiple municipal securities issuers and underwriters — counsel in SEC MCDC Initiative

Rating agency — successful defense in SEC enforcement investigation

Dr. Alexander Mirtchev & Krull Corp. — successful defense of RICO claims against clients and related appeal.  Hourani v. Mirtchev, 943 F. Supp. 2d 159 (D.D.C. 2013), No. 13–7088 (D.C. Cir. July 31, 2015)

Healthcare organization — represented senior executive in DOJ investigation into potential False Claims Act and Stark Act violations

State of Rhode Island — successful defense in the formal investigation by SEC into pension disclosure concluding with a closing letter without recommendation of further action from the Division of Enforcement

Publications and Speeches

"Deadline Near for Passing the Municipal Advisor Qualification Exam," The Bond Buyer, July 26, 2017.

"What the SEC is Seeking in Additional Event Disclosures," The Bond Buyer, March 9, 2017.

Credentials

Education

Georgetown University Law Center,
J.D.
2010
cum laude
Georgetown University,
A.B.
2006
magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Virginia

News

Insights

Insights

Spotlight on Public Finance, Spring 2018

Featured Article: Only You Can Prevent Cyber-attacks: How to Spot the Fires and Put Them Out

Will Supreme Court Find Constitutional Problems With ALJs?

Recent federal circuit court of appeals decisions have cast doubt on the constitutionality of the use of administrative law judges (ALJs) in adjudicative proceedings. ALJs are widely used to adjudicate disputes and enforcement actions in regulated industries, including...

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