Mike Piazza focuses on securities and white collar litigation, business litigation and complex commercial litigation. Previously, he was the Regional Trial Counsel for the Pacific Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
He regularly handles the defense of individuals and companies faced with allegations of wrongdoing asserted by US regulators (SEC, CFTC, FTC), the US Department of Justice, state attorneys general and foreign regulators. He is experienced with internal SEC procedures and enforcement policies, including those concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dodd Frank whistleblower provisions.
Mike has wide-ranging securities and white collar litigation experience. He was the lead SEC trial attorney in the Commission’s civil lawsuit against ex-Gemstar CEO Henry Yuen, which resulted in one of the largest civil penalties ever obtained at trial against an individual. In that case, the court found Yuen liable for masterminding a massive accounting fraud at the company and ordered that he pay $22.3 million for securities law violations. Mike was also lead SEC trial counsel in a case against a rogue hedge fund operator. After a four-week jury trial in Dallas, he obtained a verdict against the investment advisor on multiple counts of securities fraud. During his time in the Los Angeles SEC office, Mike also was lead trial counsel on other major SEC cases.