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For years, Lisa Bragança worked as a SEC Enforcement Branch Chief, where she led investigations into securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, and other trading practices. Now, she aggressively fights to protect the rights of businesses, financial professionals, investors, and whistleblowers.

Lisa has represented financial professionals, directors, officers, employees, and other professionals in regulatory investigations, shareholder class actions, and bankruptcy adversary proceedings. She understands the impact that these legal matters have on her clients, which is why she strives to reach the best possible outcome in every case, and bring them peace of mind.

When Do Financial Professionals Need Their Own Attorney?

Financial Professionals

If you are involved in a securities investigation, it’s in your best interest to have an experienced securities attorney representing you. An unfavorable outcome in a regulatory investigation could completely end your career in the financial industry. But, this isn’t the only penalty you could face. Financial professionals may also be ordered to pay significant fines for their alleged misconduct.

Your future is at stake in a regulatory investigation. Lisa is an experienced securities attorney who has saved the careers of senior executives and financial professionals involved in regulatory investigations. She understands how critical this dispute is in your career and your life. She will work tirelessly to get the best possible result for you.

How Do SEC Investigations Work?

SEC Investigations

The Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigates allegations of securities law violations such as stock manipulation, theft, fraud, misrepresentation, insider trading, and selling unregistered securities.

The SEC may obtain evidence from witnesses through interviews or on-the-record testimony obtained via subpoena. An experienced securities attorney can work with the SEC to ensure the SEC gets what it wants in the least burdensome manner possible.

Based on the evidence the Commission may decide to file an administrative action or file a federal court case.

How Can You Recover Losses From Investment Fraud?

Investment Fraud

An experienced investment fraud lawyer can make a big difference in recovering investment losses. An experienced investment fraud lawyer can determine whether you have options about where to file your claims and how to best present your claims whether they are in FINRA arbitration or in court. Having a dispute resolved in arbitration can be less expensive and faster than having it resolved in court.

But, there is much less information exchanged before the hearings start and there are almost never any depositions. An experienced investment fraud lawyer can help you decide whether to participate in a class action or whether you can obtain a better result by “opting out” of the class.

What Should a Whistleblower Know Before Submitting a Tip?

Submitting a Tip

When you have knowledge of wrongdoing, you may want to report it as quickly as possible to get it off your conscience. However, potential whistleblowers should always consult with an attorney experienced in securities law before doing so.

Making an error in the way you deliver a tip or report wrongdoing to a regulatory agency can mean that you are not eligible for monetary whistleblower awards, nor protected under the provisions of whistleblower laws. Once you have made contact with the agency, through a tip line or otherwise, you cannot go back and “fix” your report to make yourself eligible for awards or protections. This is why it is imperative that you consult an attorney experienced in whistleblower cases before you make any move to report wrongdoing.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Bragança Law Today

Schedule a Free Consultation

Are you involved in an SEC/FINRA investigation? Are you an investor who needs help recovering their losses? Are you thinking about submitting a whistleblower tip to the SEC? If so, seek legal representation from Lisa Bragança at Bragança Law as soon as possible. The outcome of your case could affect the rest of your life, which is why Lisa will work tirelessly to get the best possible results for you.

Lisa Bragança is proud to work with clients nationwide while also serving clients through the Chicago suburbs and in the local Downtown Chicago area approximately 26 miles from the Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) and approximately 13.5 miles from the O’Hare International Airport (ORD). To schedule a free consultation, call Bragança Law at (847) 906-3460 or submit your information using the contact form on this website.

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Do Kwon charges

Case Results

We have been successful in obtaining excellent results for clients in investigations. In many cases, the government has declined to bring any charges against our clients or has settled for significantly reduced charges. We recognize that government investigations are not only distressing and disruptive to our clients but also expensive. We work closely with our clients to minimize the disruption and the cost of getting through an investigation.

Client Reviews

Lisa is a strong and tireless advocate. She helped guide me through a complicated investor disclosure issue on a publicly-traded security. Her practical counsel on process--and avoiding unnecessary legal...

Lee B.

Celiza was a great help to me in the course of working to resolve my problem. She was very patient, explaining in detail what was happening and what would follow, doing it in a very professional and friendly...

Barbara M.

Lisa Bragança helped me through a very toxic employment transition that was one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my entire life. In the interest of ‘maintaining confidentiality’ through the settlement...


I got into trouble with the SEC and I was worried beyond belief. When I decided to hire Lisa, she saved me from a disastrous start where I would have been incriminating myself and would have made things worse...


Media Coverage

Do Kwon charges
Lisa on CoinDesk TV: First Movers
PIABA: New FINRA Steps to Fix Flaws in Broker Misconduct “Expungement” Process Won’t Work
The Robinhood & Citadel Lawsuit (Ex-SEC Branch Chief Explains)

Latest News


SEC Faces Sanctions – Again! SEC Made Numerous Material Misrepresentations to Utah District Court ***UPDATES BELOW – 3/19/24 and 6/4/24*** For a government agency with the talent and resources of the Securities and Exchange Commission, its ability to lose its focus and score an own goal is sometimes remarkable. At the same time the Supreme Court has power of administrative…


Lisa Braganca on Do Kwon/Terraform verdict, in Wired A federal jury in New York has found South Korean crypto magnate Do Kwon—and his company Terraform Labs—liable for defrauding investors who collectively sank billions of dollars into cryptoassets whose value later fell to near zero. Lisa Braganca was interviewed by Wired magazine regarding the likely implications for the crypto industry from this verdict.


Supreme Court Protects Whistleblowers Bragança Law LLC || February 10, 2024 In a unanimous opinion announced just Thursday of this past week, the United States Supreme Court rejected the attempt of securities industry players to remove a key protection for SEC whistleblowers. In the case Murray v. UBS, the Supreme Court reversed an opinion of the Second Circuit Court…

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