Mary P. Hansen, assistant director of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement, has joined Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP as a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice. She will be resident in the firm’s Philadelphia office, and join the firm’s white collar team.
Hansen has a unique background that, in addition to her work at the SEC, includes private practice and judicial clerkship. She will focus her practice on representing individuals and corporate clients on regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, internal corporate investigations, white collar criminal defense and compliance and prevention strategies and programs.
“Mary is a magnificent addition to our white collar team,” said Alfred W. Putnam, Jr., chairman of Drinker Biddle. “She brings SEC experience and expertise to an already impressive group of high ranking former government lawyers who’ve joined the firm recently,” he added, referring to former Assistant United States Attorney Dan Collins; and Bob Stoll, former U.S. Patent commissioner; Scott Coffina, another former Assistant United States Attorney and assistant counsel to the president; Charlie Rose, former general counsel to the U.S. Department of Education; and Bradford Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of Labor.
While at the SEC, Hansen, a member of the Market Abuse Unit and the Municipal Securities and Public Pension Unit, investigated and developed complex litigation strategies for numerous matters involving potential violations of federal securities law, including broker-dealer and investment adviser fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, unlawful insider trading by securities industry professionals and corporate executives, as well as municipal offering fraud .
Prior to joining the SEC in 2004, Hansen was an associate in private practice. Immediately following law school, she was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Raymond J. Dearie, Eastern District of New York. Prior to entering law school, Hansen worked for Prudential Securities for nine years and ascended to the level of associate vice president.
Hansen earned her juris doctor from St. John’s University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and fourth in her class. She earned her bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Albany, where she was on the dean’s list.