About the Editors



Paul Huey-Burns
(301) 945-9241

Paul Huey-Burns is one of the nation’s leading advocates on behalf of individuals and businesses involved in investigations by the SEC or other securities regulators.  He has an outstanding record of convincing the authorities to resolve investigations in ways that have minimal impact on his clients’ businesses.  In many situations, he has convinced those authorities to terminate investigations without any public actions against his clients.  The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Washingtonian Magazine and other publications have recognized him as one of the nation’s leading securities enforcement defense attorneys.  More importantly, scores of his investment adviser, broker-dealer and public company clients attest to his skills.


Russell Duncan
(301) 945-9247

Russell Duncan understands the tactics of prosecutors, regulators, and enforcers. He is the only attorney in private practice to have served as a senior trial attorney for the DOJ, the SEC, and the PCAOB. Working first as an Assistant U. S. Attorney in Washington, D. C., later as an Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel for the SEC, and most recently as an Assistant Director for the PCAOB, he has used those tactics in over five hundred matters.


Allison Baker Shealy
(301) 945-9283

Helping clients navigate complex financial transactions, Allison Baker Shealy draws on her extensive experience on both sides of the enforcement aisle to guide them through the complicated national and international regulatory environment.  Whether it is futures, Forex, swaps, securities, cryptocurrencies or complex lending and/or organizational arrangements, she is able to quickly get to the heart of the matter and work with clients for the best possible resolution.  Regardless of the size or complexity of a matter, clients receive the same thorough and effective representation.


Courtney Schaefer
(301) 231-0923

Courtney Schaefer’s experience includes assisting with matters before FINRA, the OCC, the SEC and the DOJ. She guides clients through federal and state grand jury investigations, as well as investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations (IRS-CID), the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Postal Service. She also has defended their interests before corresponding state attorney general investigations.

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