Michele Layne is one of the nation’s most experienced securities enforcement lawyers. Michele joined O’Melveny following a distinguished career at the SEC spanning nearly three decades, where she served in senior leadership positions for more than seventeen years, including as the SEC’s Los Angeles Regional Director for eleven years. Michele leverages this experience to represent and advise corporate clients and their boards, committees, officers, and directors on securities-related enforcement matters, internal and regulatory investigations, and governance and compliance issues.
During her tenure at the SEC, Michele conducted and supervised matters involving financial reporting and accounting, disclosure, auditor misconduct, insider trading, investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, market manipulation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), offering frauds, and anti-money laundering. She was also one of the founding members of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Climate and ESG Task Force and worked closely with other SEC leaders on related guidance and examinations priorities.