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.
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
"This Time is Different: What You Need to Know Now about the New Rule 15c2-12 Events," The Bond Buyer, August 28, 2018.
"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.