Former Director of SEC Office of International Affairs Paul Leder Joins Miller & Chevalier

Senior Government Lawyer Brings More Than Three Decades of Experience in Cross-Border Enforcement and Regulatory Matters


Washington, DC, September 3, 2019 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered today announced that Paul A. Leder, former Director of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), joined the firm as an Of Counsel in the Litigation Department.

"Given the strong focus throughout my career on high-profile regulatory and enforcement matters, I'm excited to join Miller & Chevalier – a firm with an excellent reputation and a long history of international successes," Leder said. "I look forward to working with Miller & Chevalier's talented and highly complementary team, which is well-known for successfully responding to high-stakes, cross-border enforcement matters affecting participants in the capital markets."

Leder's addition strengthens Miller & Chevalier's Securities Enforcement, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) & International Anti-Corruption, and White Collar Defense practices. 

From 2014 to 2018, Leder led the SEC's international enforcement and regulatory program, where he worked closely with senior government officials in the U.S. and throughout the world. He frequently collaborated with foreign regulators, particularly those in Latin America, in cross-border investigations, and provided policy advice to foreign governments and organizations regarding compliance with the FCPA and other anti-bribery laws. Leder also represented the SEC in international organizations, including the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Financial Stability Board. 

Prior to his latest role at the SEC, Leder was a partner at Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP where he represented clients in government investigations and advised on laws and regulations associated with international regulatory issues. Before that, Leder spent more than a decade at the SEC, starting as a trial lawyer in the Division of Enforcement in 1987, joining the Trial Unit soon after the SEC received penalty authority and co-counseling the SEC's first jury trial. When the OIA was established two years later, Leder joined the leadership team, first serving as assistant director and later as deputy director. From 1997 to 1999, he served as senior adviser for international issues to SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt. 

Leder began his legal career as a trial lawyer at the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia where he tried more than 25 jury trials. He is the seventh former PDS lawyer at Miller & Chevalier, including Litigation Department Chair Andrew Wise.

"I've known Paul for years and am excited to get the chance to now work with him," Wise said. "Paul is an excellent lawyer and first-rate advocate, but he's also someone that enjoys digging into the law and thinking deeply about complex issues. He's been in the room with key thinkers and decision makers – both in the U.S. and internationally – in our core practice areas and will broaden our strength at the intersection of white collar defense and SEC enforcement, including insider trading, accounting fraud, and the FCPA."

"Paul has been involved in some of the most important and complex securities and financial crime enforcement matters during the last 30 years and has in-depth knowledge of the interplay between domestic and foreign regulatory authorities," said Kathryn Cameron Atkinson, Chair of Miller & Chevalier. "We are proud of our work in complex, cross-border parallel proceedings, and Paul's thought leadership and experience enhance our ability to provide practical, targeted advice to our clients facing multi-jurisdictional regulatory, litigation, and reputational risk."

Leder earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan. He is currently a Senior Fellow in the Milken Global Market Development Practice.

About Miller & Chevalier 

Founded in 1920, Miller & Chevalier is a Washington, DC law firm with a global perspective and leading practices in Tax, Litigation, International Law, Employee Benefits (including ERISA), White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations, and Government Affairs. Miller & Chevalier is a top-ranked firm sharply focused on targeted areas that interact with the federal government. Over the past three years, the firm's lawyers have represented more than 40 percent of the Fortune 100, one-quarter of the Fortune 500, and approximately 30 percent of the Global 100. Based in Washington, DC, a significant number of firm lawyers have held senior positions in the U.S. government and have written many of the regulations they currently help clients navigate. For more information on the firm, visit


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