BS&F Draws Former SEC Miami Regional Head
After nine years as head of the Miami Regional Office of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, David Nelson joined the Firm’s Ft. Lauderdale office as counsel in September 2009. Nelson’s practice areas include SEC defense work, internal investigations, and other white collar criminal and civil matters.
Nelson joined the SEC in 1984 and held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the Enforcement Division before becoming Regional Director of the Miami SEC office in 2001. On several occasions during his career Nelson was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney to work on the prosecution of criminal securities law violations. During the course of his government service Nelson received numerous awards, including the Depart of Justice’s John Marshall award for his work on the criminal prosecutions of Drexel Burnham Lambert, Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, and others. He is also a recipient of the SEC’s Capital Markets Award and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence. Nelson is a graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown Law School.
Since he joined the Firm, Nelson has counseled clients with respect to SEC and criminal matters. Most notably he has been involved with partners Alan Vickery and Harlan Levy in the Firm’s representation of current and former employees of a multi-billion dollar hedge fund in connection with the government’s high-profile criminal and SEC investigation of possible insider trading.