Thomas A. Sporkin

Buckley Sandler LLP

Thomas Sporkin is a partner with the Buckley Sandler LLP firm in Washington DC. He represents individuals and entities in matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Self Regulatory Organizations, and in private securities litigation.  He also counsels corporations and regulated entities on risk management, performs compliance reviews and audits, and conducts internal investigations. 

Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Mr. Sporkin spent nearly 20 years with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, first serving as an investigative attorney and later as Chief of the Office of Market Intelligence (OMI). Mr. Sporkin supervised a group of 40 attorneys, market surveillance specialists, certified public accountants and analysts.  OMI is responsible for the intake, analysis and assignment of all of the enforcement related tips, complaints and referrals received by the SEC.

Mr. Sporkin also served on the executive steering committee overseeing the development of the SEC’s new tips complaints and referrals system; he was part of the team responsible for drafting the SEC’s new whistleblower rules as a result of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act; and he also played a role working on the SEC’s Unified Audit Trail proposal. 

Mr. Sporkin is an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law where he teaches advanced securities regulation.  Prior to his post in OMI, Mr. Sporkin served as deputy chief of the Office of Internet Enforcement for nine years where he supervised 17 enforcement attorneys responsible for surveillance and investigation of securities fraud perpetrated over the Internet.  Prior to that, he served as senior counsel in the SEC's Division of Enforcement investigating more traditional violations of the federal securities laws. 

Mr. Sporkin is a graduate of the University of Maryland and American University Washington College of Law.

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