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Samantha Choe
Special Counsel
San Francisco +1 415 591 7096 schoe@cov.com Download V-card

Samantha Choe advises public and private companies, independent boards, and senior executives on sensitive SEC and FINRA investigations and enforcement actions. Ms. Choe also has experience representing clients in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts.

As a former staff attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division in San Francisco, Ms. Choe has investigated and litigated potential violations of federal securities laws in a variety of cases, including breach of fiduciary duty by investment advisers, offering fraud, insider trading, and financial fraud. As a member of the Asset Management Unit of the Enforcement Division, Ms. Choe led investigations of large private equity advisers.

  • Represent a global company in an antitrust investigation by the DOJ.
  • Conducted an internal investigation of a technology company’s workplace environment.
  • Represented former Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income at Charles Schwab Investment Management in SEC v. Daifotis, No. C 11-00137 WHA (N.D. Cal.).
  • Represented a large public company in SEC inquiry acting on a whistleblower tip resulting in no further action from the SEC.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of pro bono client in a misdemeanor criminal trial in Marin County Superior Court, securing not guilty verdicts on all counts.
  • Argued in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of amicus curiae Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in defense of California’s concealed carry laws.

Previous Experience

  • Staff Attorney, Division of Enforcement at the US. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Prior to law school, Ms. Choe worked as a product manager for a large investment firm and obtained her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003.