Clients turn to David Kornblau, co-chair of the firm’s Securities Enforcement practice group, to represent them in sensitive and complex investigations, related litigation, and internal investigations. His clients include investment banks, public companies, stock exchanges, asset management firms, senior executives, portfolio managers, and traders.
As a former senior SEC Enforcement official and SEC trial lawyer, Mr. Kornblau uses his in-depth knowledge of the agency’s internal workings and personnel to help clients successfully navigate potentially damaging investigations. And as a former senior member of a sophisticated in-house legal department, he knows the importance of handling matters cost-effectively, communicating clearly and concisely, and keeping a keen eye on the client’s key strategic objectives.
Mr. Kornblau has been ranked as one of the nation’s leading practitioners in securities enforcement for several years by Chambers USA, which in 2015 highlighted a client’s comment that he is "particularly adept at analyzing the weakness of a case through the prism of litigation and casting his clients' interests in the best possible light." In 2013, he won the Burton Award for Legal Achievement for co-authoring “Market Manipulation and Algorithmic Trading: The Next Wave of Regulatory Enforcement?” A frequent writer and speaker on current securities enforcement topics, Mr. Kornblau is regularly cited as an authority by the national news media.
Before joining Covington in 2009, Mr. Kornblau was a Managing Director and the Head of Global Regulatory Affairs at Merrill Lynch, where he oversaw the firm’s responses to all regulatory and law-enforcement investigations. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Chief Litigation Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement during the “Enron Era” of large-scale corporate investigations and heightened enforcement activity. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Kornblau tried numerous cases as an SEC trial attorney. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in a criminal securities fraud prosecution.