Terence is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice focuses on matters related to SEC enforcement, internal investigations, regulatory compliance, and complex litigation. For nearly two decades, Terence has represented clients – both in private practice and with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) – in complex disputes before trial and appellate courts throughout the country. He has been lead trial counsel in numerous complex matters tried to verdict, including a recent SEC enforcement action against the CEO and CAO of a large public company. He has also led non-public investigations into securities fraud and related issues.
As Senior Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel for the SEC, Terence represented the Commission in cases related to accounting fraud, revenue recognition, options backdating, insider trading, FCPA, structured products, and other issues. He worked closely with the Enforcement Division’s investigative staff in determining the course and scope of investigations and in making charging recommendations. He also supervised a team of experienced first-chair SEC trial lawyers.
Prior to joining the SEC, Terence spent nine years as a Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice where he defended the United States in several high-profile cases. At DOJ, Terence was lead counsel for the government in several multidistrict matters consolidated under 28 USC § 1407. He successfully defended the government in multiple cases tried to bench or jury and protected the public fisc from significant monetary claims.
After completing a clerkship, Terence began his career as a litigation associate for a national law firm