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Stephen M. Cutler
 

Stephen M. Cutler

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-2773
Fax: +1-212-455-2502

Steve Cutler, Global Head of the Firm’s Government and Internal Investigations Practice, advises companies, boards and senior executives on government and internal investigations, as well as corporate governance and regulatory matters. Prior to joining the Firm, Steve was Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co., after serving as General Counsel of the company for nine years, including during the financial crisis.  Earlier in his career, Steve was the Director of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he led the agency’s investigations of numerous high-profile financial reporting, broker-dealer and investment advisor matters. Steve is recognized by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation as a National “Litigation Star” in Securities and White Collar Crime and a New York “Litigation Star.” He is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, where sources call him “a legend” in his field. He has also been recognized by The Legal 500 in several categories.

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Work Highlights
  • Entertainment company in SEC investigation and settlement relating to financial statement disclosures
  • Board Audit Committee of industrial company in an internal investigation and parallel SEC investigation of accounting issues
  • Global financial institution in ongoing SEC and DOJ investigations and settlements relating to financial statement disclosures
  • Global financial institution in connection with whistleblower complaint asserting failure to comply with bank regulatory requirements
  • Pharmaceutical company in SEC investigation relating to accounting issues
  • Board Compliance Committee of public company in connection with ongoing monitorship
  • Board Demand Committee of public company in response to shareholder demand to investigate and take action relating to alleged misconduct
Accolades
  • Chambers USA
  • The Legal 500
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, National “Litigation Star” in Securities and White Collar Crime and New York “Litigation Star”
Education
  • Yale Law School, 1985 J.D.
    Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • Yale University, 0 1982
    summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Associations
  • Board of Directors, National Women’s Law Center
  • Board of Trustees, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Clerkships
  • Hon. Dorothy Nelson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Admissions
  • New York 0

Stephen M. Cutler is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department, where he serves as Global Head of the Firm’s Government and Internal Investigations Practice. Steve advises companies, boards and senior executives on government and internal investigations, as well as corporate governance and regulatory matters. Steve is recognized by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation as a National “Litigation Star” in Securities and White Collar Crime and a New York “Litigation Star.” He is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, where sources say he is “a legend” in his field, further noting that “[e]verybody in the country would pick up his call, and his judgment is exceptional.” He has also been recognized by The Legal 500 in several categories.

Prior to joining the Firm, Steve was Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co., after serving as the company’s General Counsel for nine years, including during the financial crisis.

Steve was Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement during some of the most active years in the agency’s history. While at the SEC, he oversaw 1,100 employees and led the agency’s investigations of numerous high-profile financial reporting, broker-dealer and investment advisor matters. 

Both before and immediately following his tenure at the SEC, Steve was a partner at an international law firm in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on government and internal investigations and market regulation.

Steve received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He served as a Law Clerk to Judge Dorothy Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Steve is admitted to practice in New York.

Steve currently serves on the boards of the National Women’s Law Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He previously served on the board of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and, early in his career, was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Columbia Law School.

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