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Susan Resley

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Susan D. Resley is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Ms. Resley represents companies and individuals in securities-related regulatory investigations and in class action and derivative litigation. She has represented companies, financial institutions (including brokerage and investment advisory firms), and accounting firms, as well as individual directors, officers, and employees in investigations and proceedings brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, the PCAOB, and FINRA. Ms. Resley has also represented companies and individuals in nonpublic SEC and related criminal or regulatory proceedings. In representing private and public companies, financial institutions, and their directors and senior officers in regulatory investigations, Ms. Resley consistently obtains favorable results for her clients, including decisions by the SEC not to bring any action. She has defended clients in complex investigations concerning alleged accounting or financial fraud, violations of SEC or FINRA disclosure rules, insider trading, "pay to play" conduct and market timing. Ms. Resley has also obtained dismissals of her clients in litigation against the SEC. For more information, view Ms. Resley's biography at


Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ms. Resley was a partner in the securities litigation group of an international law firm in its Silicon Valley office; before that, she was a partner at another international firm. Before entering private practice, she was with the SEC's Division of Enforcement in its Pacific Regional office, where she led and conducted investigations involving insider trading, accounting practices, broker-dealer practices, market manipulation, municipal bond offerings, and offering fraud.


Member, State Bar of California; Member, Business Litigation Committee, American Bar Association; Member, Association of SEC Alumni (ASECA)


Pepperdine University School of Law, 1992, J.D., Cum Laude; University of North Texas, 1984, B.B.A., Magna Cum Laude

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's group stands out for its ability to bring together individual partners with 'unique strengths and expertise', who 'work together effectively to deliver great results'. The global practice handles matters throughout the US and around the world, including the full spectrum of investigations and criminal proceedings. Philadelphia's Eric Sitarchuk leads the white-collar litigation and government investigations team, while Boston's Timothy Burke heads the securities enforcement and litigation group. Together with Steven Reed (also in Philadelphia), Sitarchuk is defending Teva USA and Cephalon in a major multi-district litigation concerning allegations of false and misleading opioid medicine marketing. Acting as co-counsel with a team from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Century City's Nathan Hochman successfully defended Eric Pulier in his federal criminal prosecution involving allegations of fraud arising from the sale of ServiceMesh to Corporation Service Company; charges were dismissed in the Central District of California. Other names to note include Susan Resley in San Francisco, Tinos Diamantatos in Chicago and New York's David Miller, who is praised for his 'sharp mind, strategic thinking and client-focused advice'.

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Securities litigation - defense

Within: Securities litigation - defense

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has 'a deep team with top-notch lawyers who understand the client exceptionally well'. Clients also praise the practice for its 'good leadership and client counseling, which includes telling the client what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear'. The firm defends public and private companies, financial institutions, underwriters, and officers and directors in federal and state courts, and frequently handles regulatory enforcement matters for broker-dealers, investment managers and funds. Jordan Hershman and Timothy Burke lead the securities enforcement and litigation practice from Boston, along with Susan Resley in San Francisco. 'All exercise sound judgment and are very good at handling complex cases with many moving parts', says one client. Charlene Shimada in San Francisco represented the underwriter defendants in In re Avalanche Biotechnologies, Inc. Securities Litigation. Also recommended are Marc Sonnenfeld in Philadelphia, Jason Frank and Michael Blanchard in Boston, and Mary Gail Gearns and Kenneth Schacter in New York.

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