Senior Counsel

Rebecca M. Katz

As a lead attorney on Motley Rice’s whistleblower litigation team, Rebecca Katz represents and protects individual whistleblowers who expose corporate misconduct.

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Rebecca's clients come from all levels of job responsibility in a wide range of industries and she helps them to investigate and report fraud to governmental enforcement agencies including the SEC, DOJ, IRS and CTFC. She has represented senior executives, mid-level managers and staff of multinational banking and financial services and public companies, including financial advisors, clinical researchers, quantitative analysts, engineers, commodities and securities traders.

Rebecca has been at the forefront of this field since the SEC Whistleblower Program was established under the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 and is recognized in the field of whistleblower representation. She has represented numerous clients in navigating the intricacies of the SEC whistleblower process from filing the initial complaint through the final award process. 

For nearly a decade prior to entering private practice, Rebecca served as senior counsel for the SEC’s Enforcement Division. In addition to her whistleblower work, Rebecca has more than 20 years of experience litigating complex securities fraud cases, and was a partner and held senior leadership roles at two large New York plaintiffs’ litigation firms.

Using her experience as a former SEC attorney and in private practice, Rebecca provides critical, objective legal counsel to those who need knowledge and support to ensure their confidentiality and protection in undertaking the complex and ever-changing whistleblower laws.

Rebecca is a frequent speaker at legal conferences nationwide and provides insight on numerous issues involving the SEC whistleblower program and securities litigation for national and local media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Law360, among others. She is a published author and former faculty member at the Practising Law Institute’s Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute (both in the United States and United Kingdom) and has also 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. 

While completing her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, Rebecca was a member of the Hofstra Law Review.

She is an active supporter of several community organizations, including Friends of Firefighters and Komen Race for a Cure.

PUBLISHED WORKS:

Rebecca M. Katz & James M. Weir, Plaintiffs’ Perspective: The SEC’s Final Rules for Whistleblowers Offer a Balanced Approach to an Important New Program, Securities Litigation Report (July/Aug. 2011)
Rebecca M. Katz & David B. Harrison, The Dodd-Frank Act: New Life for Whistleblowers and the SEC; Securities Litigation Report (Sept. 2010)

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Education

  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1990
  • B.S., Hofstra University, 1987

Associations

  • New York City Bar Association, Member—Securities Litigation Committee

Licensed In

  • New York

Admitted to Practice Before

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York, and the District of Colorado

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