Philip S. Khinda

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Philip Khinda is a leading litigator and adviser to public companies, corporate boards, special committees, and financial institutions dealing with corporate crises, shareholder and derivative litigation, and government and internal investigations. His leadership of the CalPERS Special Review, its fee recovery of more than $200 million for the nation’s largest state pension fund, and its public report on pay-to-play and public corruption issues are notable representative efforts.

He has also successfully represented clients in connection with many of the most significant securities matters over the last 25 years, including investigations and litigation involving Rite Aid, Enron, Adelphia, Global Crossing, Time Warner, Yahoo!, UBS, Credit Suisse, State Street Bank, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan, among others, appearing before US and international securities regulators and prosecutors on their behalf.

While Phil has served as successor and settlement counsel for a variety of clients, no corporation or individual that he has represented from the outset of an investigation has ever been sued by the SEC or indicted.

In addition to CalPERS, Phil’s other investigative engagements include his service as special counsel to the board of the Bank One funds (now JPMorgan), whose investment adviser was named in the New York Attorney General’s first mutual fund market timing complaint, and the board of the AmSouth Funds, whose adviser was “Adviser A” in the SEC’s landmark action against BISYS Fund Services and others for mutual fund marketing kickbacks.

The vast majority of his other special counsel and board engagements remain, by their nature, confidential. However, his work on two matters, later made public, is now reflected in two business school case studies (“Doing the Right Thing” on the Bank One market timing matter, and a Columbia Business School case study on CalPERS).

Phil regularly defends public companies and institutions, officers and directors, regulated entities, and others in matters before the SEC, federal and state prosecutors, and other regulatory authorities. He is well-known for the many government investigations and inquiries he has resolved for clients without any charges ever being filed, or any public disclosure of the government’s interest ever being made. Those clients include a broad group of private equity firms, hedge funds, public companies, corporate executives, and public figures.


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1992
  • B.A., Columbia College, 1986


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