Michael Mugmon is a partner in WilmerHale’s San Francisco Bay Area office. He regularly conducts internal investigations into potential misconduct, defends clients facing significant government enforcement actions involving the US Attorney’s Office, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorney general’s offices and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and handles complex commercial and securities litigation in federal and state court.
He has experience in matters related to financial fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, accounting irregularities, anti-money laundering, insider trading, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, compliance and risk management, internal controls, and disclosure issues.
Mr. Mugmon joined the firm’s Washington, DC office in 2003 and moved to the Palo Alto office in 2007 as a founding member of that office’s government investigations and litigation practice. The Daily Journal recently named him one of California’s top 20 lawyers under 40.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Mugmon also serves on the firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and Ethics Committee, as well as on the Palo Alto office’s Hiring Committee.
Mr. Mugmon is a member of the American Bar Association and the Bars of California, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
- Represented consumer healthcare technology company Theranos Inc. in regulatory matters involving the US Attorney’s Office, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and in class action litigation arising out of alleged misrepresentations to investors, regulators and consumers
- Successfully resolved US Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry involving revenue recognition for cloud computing products on behalf of major international technology company by obtaining letter closing investigation without adverse action
- Successfully resolved US Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry relating into initial public offering on behalf of major social media company by obtaining letter closing investigation without adverse action
- Representing individual and investment management firm in US Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry involving investment in special purpose acquisition company that merged with a Middle East-based communications and surveillance company
- Obtained dismissal of class action against major public semiconductor company concerning its acquisition of competitor in California state court
- Represented international investment bank/broker-dealer in California Attorney General inquiry involving underwriting of mortgage-backed securities
- Represented California gang member charged with RICO and VICAR conspiracy to commit murder in federal district court in Northern District of California.
- JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2002
- BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
ADMISSIONS : California, District of Columbia.
CLERKSHIPS : The Hon. Ruggero J. Aldisert, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2002 – 2003.
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