'97 Graduate Karen Martinez Appointed Head of SEC's Utah Office

Karen Martinez, ’97, was appointed director of the Salt Lake Regional Office of the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Martinez joined the SEC in 2002 as trial counsel in the Salt Lake City office.  She became assistant director in 2010 and has since supervised the enforcement program in the office.  Ms. Martinez also has supervised some investigations in the SEC’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) specialized unit, which focuses on cases involving bribery of foreign officials.

“Karen has repeatedly proven herself as a creative and talented enforcer of the securities laws,” said Andrew J. Ceresney, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.  “Under her leadership, the Salt Lake City office’s enforcement program has achieved numerous significant successes, and we are pleased that she will continue her SEC service in this new role.”

Martinez has supervised investigations that included the SEC’s first-ever deferred prosecution agreement as well as cases against a company that targeted deaf investors, a $220 million Ponzi scheme, and a father and son allegedly scheming to profit from the deaths of terminally ill individuals. As trial counsel, Ms. Martinez successfully litigated cases involving insider trading, FCPA violations, and violations of Regulation S-P.

In her new role, Ms. Martinez will oversee both enforcement and examinations in the Salt Lake office.