Vinson & Elkins LLP

Clifford Thau

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Commercial litigation with an emphasis on representing clients principally in the financial, energy, media and other sectors in lawsuits involving the federal securities laws, including representation of issuers, underwriters, officers and directors, and accounting firms in securities laws class actions; securities and private equity firms in federal and state regulatory proceedings; and Audit Committees in internal investigations and SEC investigations into allegations of violations of FCPA, accounting irregularities and insider trading.


Partner since 2002; Co-head of Government Investigations Practice and Co-Managing Partner of the New York office.


Lectured on subjects relating to the federal securities law, commercial litigation and attorney/client privilege and written several articles for legal publications.


Columbia Law School, JD, 1981; University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1978; admitted to practice in New York, United States Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals, Second and Fifth Circuits, and US District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.