Amy Jane Longo

Partner

Amy Longo
  • JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Law School, 1996; Administrative Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • BA, magna cum laude, Columbia College, 1993

Qualifications

  • California
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association: Executive Committee Member, Privacy & Cybersecurity Section (2020-present); Member, Judicial Appointments Committee (2017-present)
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Central District of California, Lawyer Representative (2016-present) (Ex officio)
  • Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter: Director (2018-present); Co-Chair, Program Committee (2021-present)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation: Associate Editor, Litigation Journal (2016-present); Associate Editor (1999-2015) and Editor-in-Chief (2004-2006), Litigation News; Council Member (2009-2012); Co-Chair, Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee (2006-2009)
  • Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law – Adjunct Professor: Electronic Discovery, Trial Preparation (2011-2017)
  • Southwestern School of Law – Adjunct Professor: Civil PreTrial Practice (2016)
  • Human Options, Board of Directors Member (2011-2013)
  • Two-time recipient of the Director’s Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the SEC Division of Enforcement (2018, 2016)
  • Super Lawyers – Southern California Super Lawyer (2013); Rising Star (2011; 2005-2008)
  • Legal 500 (2010, 2009)

Amy Jane Longo

Partner

Amy Jane Longo is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s litigation and enforcement practice group, specializing in securities enforcement and securities litigation. Amy has more than 25 years of experience representing and prosecuting companies and individuals, with a focus on the financial services industry. She also has significant experience with health care and life sciences companies in litigation and enforcement proceedings, both in the public and the private sector.

Amy was previously Regional Trial Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Los Angeles Regional Office in the Division of Enforcement. She oversaw all litigation brought by the SEC’s Los Angeles Regional Office—from pre-filing through trial or resolution—in federal district court and SEC administrative proceedings. While at the SEC, Amy supervised cases involving offering frauds, financial reporting and disclosures, accounting, cryptocurrency, insider trading, market manipulation, securities registration, broker dealers, investment advisers, investment companies, and FCPA. In addition to running the trial unit, she also served as lead trial counsel on securities enforcement matters.

Prior to joining the SEC in 2013, Amy was a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of a major international law firm, where she practiced for fifteen years with a focus on securities and derivative suits, internal and government investigations, financial services and ERISA litigation, and federal and state class actions.

Experience

Government Experience

  • Prevailed in four-day bench trial against investment adviser and its principals.*
  • Obtained terminating sanctions against promoter in one of the SEC’s Los Angeles Regional Office’s first ICO cases.*
  • First-chaired administrative proceedings against investment advisers, and against a public company and its executives; obtained favorable settlements on the eve of trial.*
  • Won summary judgments in cases against architect of microcap shell factory; principals of insurance-related offering fraud; and investment adviser conducting Ponzi scheme; among others.*
  • Procured default sanction against insider trading defendant.*
  • Secured emergency injunctive relief in numerous offering frauds and advisory frauds, as well as insider trading cases.*
  • Prosecuted the SEC’s first action against binary options provider, obtaining over $10 million in disgorgement and penalties through settlement with foreign nationals.*
  • Litigated SEC action against chief executive officer of medical aesthetics public company alleged to have concealed damaging news about products’ regulatory compliance; also obtained settled cease and desist order from the issuer.*
  • Pursued fraud claims against manufacturer of COVID-19 tests and equipment for misrepresenting status of FDA applications.*
  • Prosecuted SEC offering fraud case against medical device issuer and its officers, directors and employees involving allegations of misappropriation and concealment.*
  • In settled SEC matter, obtained administrative and financial remedies against major pharmaceutical public company and senior officers, for charges of improper revenue recognition and misleading disclosures about mail order pharmacy business.*

Private Practice

  • Represented dozens of public companies and executives in securities class action lawsuits from inception through pretrial phase, obtaining favorable settlements before trial.*
  • Tried three federal jury cases to verdict.*
  • Led internal investigations in response to government inquiries and whistleblower claims.*
  • Defended consumer health care public company and its senior officers in securities class action arising from allegations of undisclosed products liability claims.*
  • Defended biopharmaceutical public company in securities class action arising from alleged failure to disclose adverse FDA action with respect to company’s cancer drug.*
  • Defended major hospital and home health provider in shareholder derivative action arising from allegedly fraudulent Medicaid billing, reporting, and referral practices.*

*Experience prior to joining Ropes & Gray

Publications

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Insider Trading 360° – Enforcement Trends and Key Cases, Prosecutions, and Legislation,” Securities Enforcement Forum West (May 12, 2022)
  • Panelist, “A Modern Approach to Managing Risk: Outcomes Over Output and People Over Policies – How to Asses and Use Culture,” R&G Insights Lab Event (April 25, 2022)
  • Speaker, “Emerging Enforcement Trends in Digital Assets,” Women’s White Collar Defense Association Luncheon (April 2021) 
  • Panelist, “The Regulators,” The Government Investigations & Civil Litigation Institute Annual Meeting (2020, 2021)
  • Panelist, “The Ethical Receiver: Balancing the Demands as a Neutral Party,” National Association of Federal Equity Receivers Annual Conference (2021)
  • Panelist, “Enhancing Receivership Recovery,” National Association of Federal Equity Receivers Annual Conference (2020)
  • Panelist, “Get the Dirt on Real Estate Receiverships,” National Association of Federal Equity Receivers Annual Conference (2019)
  • Speaker, Los Angeles County Bar Association Annual Securities Regulation Seminar (2019)
  • Panelist, Litigating Securities Fraud Cases Against the SEC and DOJ, Securities Enforcement Forum West (2018)
  • Panelist, “A Judge, a Regulator, and Two Receivers: Eavesdrop on a Conversation about How to Best Administer a Federal Equity Receivership,” National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (2018)
  • Panelist, “Running a Cost-Effective Receivership,” National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (2017)
  • Speaker, “Fundamentals of E-Discovery,” Los Angeles County Bar Association (2012)
  • Speaker,E-Discovery Perils and Pitfalls,” Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ 37th Annual Seminar (2010)
  • Keynote Speaker, “Breaking the Code: How Changing Technology Impacts Courts’ Approaches to Electronic Discovery Disputes,” Women in E-Discovery (2009)
  • JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Law School, 1996; Administrative Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • BA, magna cum laude, Columbia College, 1993

Qualifications

  • California
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Two-time recipient of the Director’s Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the SEC Division of Enforcement (2018, 2016)
  • Super Lawyers – Southern California Super Lawyer (2013); Rising Star (2011; 2005-2008)
  • Legal 500 (2010, 2009)
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