Alston & Bird has expanded its securities litigation and enforcement capabilities with the addition of Paul Monnin as a partner in Atlanta. A former federal prosecutor, he was previously a partner with Paul Hastings’ Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice.
“Paul enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a premier securities litigation and enforcement attorney,” said Robert Long, Alston & Bird partner and leader of the firm’s Securities Litigation Group. “At a time of increasing regulatory inquiry, Paul’s experience adds significant muscle to our ability to advise clients facing high-value securities disputes and to defend them in DOJ and SEC enforcement actions and parallel private suits.”
A trial lawyer with more than 20 years of securities litigation and civil and criminal regulatory defense experience, Monnin has conducted internal investigations on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 corporations and has defended dozens of their C-suite officers, targeted employees, and advisors in all manner of Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange enforcement settings, including under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and in connection with alleged accounting irregularities, stock manipulation schemes, and insider trading. These enforcement matters have routinely implicated direct and derivative shareholder claims, service as special litigation counsel, and defense of complex, coordinated investor lawsuits in both federal and state courts.
In addition, Monnin will continue to defend companies and individuals in other white collar defense matters, including those involving the federal anti-fraud statutes, the False Claims Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, alleged bribery and public corruption, and associated forfeiture and money laundering contentions. He has successfully litigated the scope of federal criminal process in relation to the seizure of digital evidence under the Electronic Communications Privacy and Stored Communications Acts and the production of records held by international custodians. He also regularly conducts compliance assessments for regulated companies and their boards.
Rounding out his experience, Monnin’s commercial litigation engagements have included successful temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction proceedings, dispositive motion practice, and bench and jury verdicts related to contract, business tort, M&A, antitrust, patent, real estate, and secured lending litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation, in federal and state courts.
Monnin was previously an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, serving as deputy chief of the Economic Crimes Section. He both tried and supervised cases involving securities and other fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, public corruption, and conspiracy charges. These prosecutions employed the combined resources and parallel enforcement actions of administrative agencies such as the SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Federal Trade Commission and were often accompanied by private civil claims.
“We are delighted to welcome Paul to our Atlanta office and our national securities litigation team,” said Janine Brown, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Atlanta office. “He is one of the best all-around litigators in Atlanta whose extensive experience in securities enforcement and strengths as a trial lawyer are well complemented by his commitment to outstanding client service.”