Stephen Crimmins

Stephen Crimmins

Shareholder, Murphy & McGonigle PC

Steve Crimmins defends clients in investigations, Wells submissions, settlement negotiations, litigation, trials and appeals involving the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Justice Department and a wide range of financial services regulators.  He also litigates private securities and other commercial cases, leads internal investigations, and provides strategic advice and counseling on financial regulatory matters. 

Mr. Crimmins served for eight years as a senior executive of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.  He co-managed a large Trial Unit prosecuting hundreds of jury and non-jury securities cases in federal courts around the country and in SEC administrative proceedings.  He also advised on SEC investigations and participated actively in SEC settlement negotiations.  He previously served six years as a line SEC trial attorney and continued to litigate and try cases after his promotion to senior SEC management and the federal Senior Executive Service. 

Since returning to private practice, Mr. Crimmins has successfully represented public companies, directors, senior corporate officers, financial services firms and their professionals, accountants, lawyers and others in the full range of securities cases.  These engagements have included financial reporting and accounting issues, disclosure issues, insider trading, market manipulation, complex financial products, FCPA issues, and violations of rules governing broker-dealers, investment advisers and investment companies. 

He received Securities Docket’s “Enforcement 40” Award, recognizing the top 40 securities enforcement defense lawyers nationally.  He has been recognized by "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of securities regulation - enforcement, and by "Best Lawyers in America" in the areas of securities litigation and securities regulation.  He leads multiple securities bar groups and has testified twice before Congress on SEC-related issues.  He writes, speaks on professional panels, and is regularly quoted by the national media on securities law topics. 

  • J.D., Columbia Law School
  • B.A., Fordham University


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