Ken Herzinger is a partner in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance Group in the San Francisco office. Ken was an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission prior to joining private practice. His practice focuses on SEC investigations and enforcement actions, internal investigations, securities class actions, and ERISA class actions.
Ken has 20 years of experience as a securities litigator and has handled every type of SEC investigation and securities case, including new and developing areas like cybersecurity, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and SEC BSA/AML enforcement, and more traditional matters such as accounting and financial statement fraud, internal control over financial reporting (ICFR), disclosure controls and procedures, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), insider trading, and Dodd-Frank and SOX whistleblower retaliation claims.
SEC and Regulatory: As a former SEC Enforcement attorney, Ken has successfully represented corporations, officers and directors, financial institutions, broker-dealers, auditors, and government municipalities in dozens of high profile investigations and enforcement proceedings by the SEC, U.S. Attorney's Office, PCAOB, and self-regulatory organizations such as FINRA.
Internal Investigations: Ken has conducted numerous global and domestic internal investigations for public and private companies and audit committees regarding a myriad of issues including accounting fraud, ICFR, disclosure controls and procedures, the FCPA, insider trading, and whistleblower retaliation claims.
Securities Class Actions: Ken has also represented officers and directors and public companies in many high stakes securities class actions. He has tried cases in federal and state court and in arbitration proceedings, and was a member of the trial team which obtained a defense verdict in one of only several securities class action jury trials in the country to be tried to verdict.
ERISA Class Actions: Ken has successfully defended companies and ERISA plan fiduciaries in ERISA class actions and has a strong track record of defeating the cases at the motion to dismiss stage. Ken is currently representing Ocwen Financial Corporation in a novel ERISA class action based on the mortgage crisis entitled Powell v. Ocwen Financial Corporation, et al., Case No. 18-CV-1951 VSB (S.D.N.Y.). Other representative cases include: In re Chesapeake Energy Corp. 2012 ERISA Class Litigation, 2013 WL 5596908 (W.D. Okla. 2013)(Won a motion to dismiss an ERISA class action on behalf of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and its 401(k) Plan fiduciaries); Tomassini v. Oracle Corporation ERISA Class Action, Case No. 3:16-cv-03583-EMC (N.D. Cal. 2016)(Obtained a voluntary dismissal of an ERISA class action on behalf of Oracle Corporation and its 401(k) Plan fiduciaries.); Scholl v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, et al. ERISA Litigation, Case No. civ-17-279-R (W.D. Okla. 2017)(Obtained a voluntary dismissal of an ERISA class action on behalf of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and its 401(k) Plan fiduciaries in an ERISA class action.); Gernandt v. SandRidge Energy Corporation, Case No. civ-15-834-D (W.D. Okla. 2018)(Obtained a dismissal with prejudice on behalf of SandRidge Energy Corporation and its 401(k) Plan fiduciaries in an ERISA class action).
Ken frequently lectures on and provides training for publicly traded companies and directors and officers on regulatory matters, corporate governance, and compliance.
His clients include: Broadcom Corporation, Charles Schwab, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Oracle Corporation, SandRidge Energy, Walmart, and Western Union.