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October 27, 2017

Securities Docket Names Dixie Johnson, Carmen Lawrence to Enforcement 40 List

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2017 — Securities Docket has named partners Dixie L. Johnson and Carmen J. Lawrence to its Enforcement 40 list, which honors “the 40 best and brightest securities enforcement defense lawyers,” according to the publication.

Johnson and Lawrence, who are members of King & Spalding’s Special Matters and Government Investigations Group and co-head the firm’s Securities Enforcement and Regulation practice, received this honor at a reception in Washington, D.C., yesterday. The Enforcement 40 list is based on nominations and input from senior lawyers in the field. Johnson and Lawrence were also named to Securities Docket’s Enforcement 40 list in 2013, the last time the list was published.

Johnson represents businesses and individuals in securities enforcement investigations and conducts internal investigations for corporate board committees and companies. She appears regularly before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and other federal and state authorities.

Johnson is widely recognized as a leader in securities enforcement, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, crisis management and internal investigations. Chambers USA, Legal 500, Benchmark and Who’s Who Legal all consistently rank her as a leading lawyer, and Johnson is Best Lawyers’ 2017 Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year” for Washington, D.C. Johnson is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel and a member of the Lead Director Network, and has held high-level leadership positions with the American Bar Association, including chair of the Business Law section. Johnson is particularly lauded for her credibility with the SEC.

Lawrence represents parties in investigations and litigation conducted primarily by the SEC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the DOJ, as well as self-regulatory organizations and state securities regulators. She conducts internal investigations, provides crisis management advice, and counsels companies and regulated entities (broker-dealers and investment advisers) on their obligations under the federal securities law. Previously, Lawrence was regional director for the SEC’s Northeast Regional Office, the agency’s largest region. She is an expert on conducting internal investigations, providing crisis management advice to public and private companies, and counseling public companies and regulated entities regarding their obligations under the federal securities laws.

Lawrence is consistently recognized by Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers and Legal 500. She co-chairs the subcommittee on SEC Enforcement and Civil Litigation of the ABA Business Law Section and is a thought leader among the defense bar.

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