STEPHEN L. COHEN is the global practice leader of the Regulatory and Enforcement group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He advises clients on a comprehensive range of government and internal investigations, enforcement-related litigation, whistleblower complaints, cyber breaches and regulatory and compliance issues, including clients seeking to strengthen corporate governance and compliance programs. Stephen joined Sidley in 2017 after twelve years at the Securities and Exchange Commission, most recently serving as Associate Director in the Enforcement Division where he earned the Distinguished Service Award, the agency’s highest honor. He oversaw hundreds of investigations involving broker-dealers, investment advisers, exchanges, securities offerings, insider trading and a range of public company and accounting issues. The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics presented Stephen with its 2017 International Compliance & Ethics award, recognizing him for his significant contributions to the compliance and ethics profession. Stephen is a Chambers-ranked member of Sidley’s global Securities Enforcement and Regulatory practice, which received the 2019 Chambers USA Award for Financial Services Regulation, and was named the “Law Firm of the Year” for Securities Regulation in 2020 and 2017 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
- District of Columbia
- University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1997 (magna cum laude, University of Miami Law Review)
- Boston University, B.A., 1993 (cum laude)
- Ursula Ungaro, U.S. District Court, S.D. of Florida (1997 - 1998)