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Practice Areas

Securities & Consumer Fraud

Licensed In


Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York


J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1990

B.S., Hofstra University, 1987

New York

Rebecca M. Katz

Rebecca M.  Katz

With more than 20 years of complex litigation experience, Rebecca Katz has an extensive background in both qui tam and SEC whistleblower cases. As a former senior counsel for the SEC's Enforcement Division, Rebecca now represents individuals in SEC whistleblower litigation, as well as institutional investors in securities fraud class and individual actions. She is the managing member of the firm's New York office and leads its SEC whistleblower practice.

Prior to joining Motley Rice, Rebecca was a partner at a New York firm, where she played a central management role in a number of major cases. As a member of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation, No. 21-MC-92 (S.D.N.Y.), which ultimately settled for $586 million, she oversaw the hundreds of coordinated actions involved in the litigation. In addition, Rebecca has represented the Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico and the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board in individual securities cases against numerous defendants, including Wells Fargo & Company, for their alleged breach of contract and fiduciary duty in connection with certain investments in a securities lending program. 

Rebecca is a regular guest speaker at legal conferences throughout the country, including public pension and Taft-Hartley fund conferences, and has presented on issues that include emerging developments in securities litigation and the SEC whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as complex and class action litigation. As a former faculty member at the Practising Law Institute's Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute, she explored a variety of issues impacting securities law and lectured at the Fordham University School of Law's Eugene P. and Delia S. Murphy Conference on Corporate Law —Corporations, Investors and the Securities Markets. 

Rebecca earned a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was a member of the Hofstra Law Review

Published Works:

“Plaintiffs’ Perspective: The SEC’s Final Rules for Whistleblowers Offer a Balanced Approach to an Important New Program,”Securities Litigation Report (with James M. Weir), July/August 2011

“The Dodd-Frank Act: New Life for Whistleblowers and the SEC,” Securities Litigation Report (with David B. Harrison), September 2010

Awards and Accolades:

Benchmark Plaintiff
2014 Top 150 Women in Litigation list: New York – securities
2013–2014 New York “Litigation Star” – securities

2008–2010, 2013–2014 New York Metro Super Lawyers®  list
2011 Super Lawyers® Business Edition list – litigation

The Legal 500 United States
2012 Mass tort and class action: plaintiff representation – securities


New York City Bar Association, Securities Litigation Committee

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