Cheryl L. Haas Partner

As chair of McGuireWoods’ Financial Services Litigation Department, Cheryl represents companies across the country in high-stakes disputes in federal and state courts as well as before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and state securities regulators.

Cheryl represents Fortune 100 companies, investment companies and advisers, broker-dealers and private individuals. In addition to her commercial litigation practice, she represents broker-dealer and investment advisors in securities enforcement matters and in public and private investigations. She monitors regulatory developments, advises clients on compliance matters and conducts internal investigations. In addition, she represents companies involved in regulatory investigations concerning alleged securities or accounting fraud, Ponzi schemes, insider trading, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, privacy, supervision and other issues.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Cheryl was a partner in an Am Law 100 law firm. She also handled securities and complex commercial litigation for a major New York firm, and clerked for then-U.S. District Judge David G. Trager of the Eastern District of New York.

Cheryl serves on McGuireWoods’ Diversity Action Committee and on the board of the nonprofit Grove Park Foundation.

"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."

Experience

CIVIL LITIGATION

Won summary judgment for Fortune 100 financial services company in case alleging fraud and negligence against firm and financial advisor.

Defeated summary judgment and achieved a favorable settlement for a financial services company that brought an action for negligence against a bank in federal court in New Jersey.

Defeated class certification of a financial services company in a California state action alleging negligent misrepresentation, among other things.

Defend broker-dealers in numerous customer arbitrations related to claims of unsuitable sales.

ENFORCEMENT

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 a broker dealer in numerous FINRA investigations, proving to regulators that adequate supervision and suitability requirements were in place and providing guidance to the broker-dealer on practice enhancements.

Represent broker-dealers in numerous FINRA investigations into the sales of variable annuities, including exchange of variable annuities.

Represented a broker-dealer in a FINRA investigation related to an alleged data breach and potential Reg S-P violations, resulting in no action.

Represented broker-dealer and financial advisor in parallel DOJ and FINRA investigation related to alleged fraud, resulting in no action.

Represented a broker-dealer in a FINRA investigation related to alleged unsuitable share classes of 529 plans.

Represented financial services company in SEC investigation related to alleged Ponzi scheme.

Represented a financial institution in SEC inquiry related to asset-backed securities trading.

Represented insurance company in SEC investigation related to variable annuities.

Represented a broker-dealer in a state securities investigation related to bank networking.

INVESTIGATIONS

Conduct an internal investigation for Fortune 500 company related to various securities fraud allegations by former employee.

Conduct an internal review of a broker-dealer’s policy and procedures.

Conduct an internal review for a bank related to Ponzi scheme.

  • New York University School of Law, JD, cum laude, Senior Articles Editor, New York University Law Review
  • Emory University, BA, Phi Beta Kappa

Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association

Member, Georgia Bar Association

Member, Atlanta Bar Association

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

Member, National Association of Women Lawyers

  • Panelist, "Artificial Intelligence: Governance and Other Considerations for Legal and Compliance," SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Annual Conference, March 2018
  • 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
  • Georgia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

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

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