Cheryl L. Haas


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  • New York University School of Law, JD, cum laude, Senior Articles Editor, New York University Law Review
  • Emory University, BA, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Georgia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Member, Litigation and Business Law Sections, American Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, Atlanta Bar Association

Member, Compliance and Legal Division, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Member, National Association of Women Lawyers

Member, Women and Minorities Committee, State Bar of Georgia

Cheryl is the chair of McGuireWoods’ Complex Commercial Litigation Department and concentrates her practice on financial services and other complex commercial litigation. She has significant experience managing financial services and other Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts, including mass actions and class actions related to Ponzi schemes as well as claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and fraud. She has favorably settled many of those disputes and tried others to verdict. In addition, Cheryl has significant experience handling securities enforcement and related investigations and litigation involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and state securities regulators.

In recent matters, Cheryl has represented public companies, investment companies and advisors, broker-dealers, and private individuals. She monitors regulatory developments and advises clients on compliance, defense matters and commercial agreement disputes. In addition, she represents companies involved in regulatory investigations concerning securities or accounting fraud, insider trading, REITs, obstruction of justice, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, privacy, supervision and other issues.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Cheryl practiced as a partner in an AmLaw 100 law firm. She also handled securities and complex commercial litigation for a major New York firm, and clerked for the Honorable David G. Trager, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

"Understanding my clients’ business and helping them achieve their goals by developing creative legal solutions – often while also appeasing regulators – has been both incredibly challenging and incredibly rewarding."

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Represented a broker-dealer before state regulators and negotiated a settlement in a Ponzi-scheme case that not only avoided any fine or other penalty for the client, but also praised the broker-dealer for its efforts and concern for its clients.

Represented an insurance company in a purported class action in California alleging negligent misrepresentation and negligent supervision, among other things, and seeking over $60 million dollars in damages.

Represented an insurance company affiliated broker dealer in numerous FINRA investigations, proving to regulators adequate supervision and suitability requirements were in place and providing guidance to the broker-dealer on enhancements in practices.

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," General Commercial Disputes, Georgia, Legal 500 US, 2018

Named to “Georgia Rising Stars,” Securities and Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006, 2007, 2010

Author, "Alternative Investments: What Regulators Are After," Law360, June 19, 2013
Author, "Overwhelmed? Consider Outsourcing-Carefully!," Law360, January 25, 2012
Author, "Keeping FINRA and The SEC From De-Friending You," Law360, September 3, 2010
Author, "Analying the pros and cons of a ban on mandatory arbitration clauses in the securities industry," Complinet, November 5, 2009
Author, "Avoid Saying "I Am Sorry" – The Finer Points of Regulation S-P," NSCP Currents, October 1, 2009
Panelist, "Artificial Intelligence & Big Data," SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Charlotte Regional Seminar, September 2017
Panelist, "Litigation," Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance & Legal Society St. Louis Regional Seminar, June 2017
Speaker, "Insider Trading after U.S. v. Newman," SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, January 2015
Speaker, "Conflicts of Interest," SIFMA Compliance and Legal St. Louis Regional Seminar, June 2014
Speaker, "Proceed with Caution: Avoiding Pitfalls & Perils in Internal Investigations," NAWL General Counsel Institute, November 2012
Speaker, "Proceed with Caution: Avoiding Pitfalls & Perils in Internal Investigations," Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education, March 2012
Speaker, "Advanced Securities Law Seminar," Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education, March 2011
Speaker, "FCPA—Best Practices to Keep Regulators Away," ABA Section of Litigation Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, February 2011
Speaker, "The Intersection of Social Networking and Litigation," National Association of Women Lawyers' Sixth Annual General Counsel Institute: Managing Through Change: The New Normal, November 2010
Speaker, "Enforcement and Regulatory Update," Tampa Bay Broker-Dealer Compliance Group Meeting, August 2010
Speaker, "Social Media Compliance Issues," Financial Services Institute, February 2010