Bret A. Finkelstein

Attorney | Seattle | 206.223.7033 |

Areas of Practice

Bret Finkelstein focuses his practice on defending companies and their directors and officers in securities and corporate governance litigation, government and internal investigations, and professional liability litigation. In addition to defense of private litigation, Bret has considerable experience defending clients before government regulatory bodies including the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Bret has also represented companies and individuals in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries in investigations by the federal government and in civil litigation. Prior to entering law school, Bret practiced as an Accountant for four years at Ernst & Young, where he performed financial statement audits for public companies and other entities.

Professional Experience

  • Arnold & Porter LLP
    • Litigation Associate (2010-2015)
    • Summer Associate (2008)
  • City of Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Intern (2007)
  • Ernst & Young LLP
    • Senior Associate (2004-2006)
    • Associate (2002-2004)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • New York


  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2009)
    • Boston University Law Review, Managing Editor
    • Paul J. Liacos Distinguished Scholar
    • G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar
  • University of Washington (B.A., Accounting, 2002)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Securities Litigation
  • Investigations, Compliance and White Collar


  •  Contributor to Lane Powell’s D&O Developments blog
  • “Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Plaintiffs’ Challenge to Risk Factors and Earnings Projections, in Williams v. Globus Medical, Inc. (July 28, 2017),” D&O Developments blog (October 7, 2017)
  • “From Sea to Shining Sea: The Ninth Circuit Aligns with the Second Circuit in Affirming ‘Omnicare’ Decision’s Benefits for Securities-Suit Targets,” Washington Legal Foundation, Co-author (June 22, 2017)
  • “Ninth Circuit Applies Omnicare Standard for Pleading False Statements of Opinion to Section 10(b) Claims, in City of Dearborn Heights v. Align Technology (May 5, 2017),” D&O Developments blog (May 16, 2017)
  • “Eleventh Circuit Upholds District Court Dismissal of Claims Against Pharma Company Related to Undisclosed Payments to Stock Promoters, in In re Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. Securities Litigation (December 15, 2016),” D&O Developments blog (January 14, 2017)
  • “Eighth Circuit Rules Safe Harbor Does Not Protect CEO’s Statements Because He Had Actual Knowledge They Were Misleading, in Rand-Heart of New York, Inc. v. Dolan (February 10, 2016),” D&O Developments blog (May 26, 2016)
  • “Ninth Circuit Clarifies When Revelation of an Investigation Can Constitute a Corrective Disclosure, in Lloyd v. CVB Financial Corporation (February 1, 2016),” D&O Developments blog (May 25, 2016)
  • “Recent Developments in SEC Enforcement: A Review of Mary Jo White’s First Year,” Arnold & Porter LLP Advisory (May 2014)
  • “Preparing an Effective PCAOB Statement of Position,” The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol. 47, No. 3, Co-author (February 5, 2014)
  • “Implications of Recent Developments in SEC Enforcement: A Six Month Review of Chairman Mary Jo White’s Tenure,” Arnold & Porter LLP Advisory (October 2013)
  • “SEC Discusses New Task Force and Changes to Settlement Policy,” Professional Liability Litigation, Vol. 10, No. 1, Co-author (Fall 2013)
  • “SEC Announces New Enforcement Initiatives,” Arnold & Porter LLP Advisory (July 2013)
  • “An Outline of SEC’s Bold Enforcement Plan,” Law360, Co-author (April 26, 2013)
  • “PCAOB Issues Policy Statement Regarding Credit for ‘Extraordinary Cooperation,’” Arnold & Porter LLP Advisory (October 2013)
  • “PCAOB Expands Enforcement Presence in New York Region,” Arnold & Porter LLP Advisory
    (February 2013)
  • “Probing Foreign Exchange Transactions at Custody Banks,” Law360, Co-author (June 2011)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Volunteer, New York League of Conservation Voters (2009-2010)

Bret A. Finkelstein

Attorney | Seattle | 206.223.7033 |