Adriaen M. Morse Jr.

1775 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20006
202.677.4058 phone

Adriaen M. Morse Jr. is a partner in the Litigation, Securities Enforcement, and Government Investigations and White Collar Crime Practices.

He focuses his practice on government investigations, criminal prosecutions, internal compliance issues, and a wide variety of other high-stakes litigation matters both in the United States and globally. As a former Senior Counsel at the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), he brings to every case the judgment, knowledge, and skills gained from developing, investigating, and pursuing enforcement actions. 

Adriaen regularly represents financial services firms, public companies, accounting firms, and executives in investigations and litigation involving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the SEC, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and other federal and state securities industry regulators and criminal authorities. He has an extensive background in anti-corruption and addressing issues in the context of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for companies with global operations. In addition, he has advised and defended clients involved in federal and state False Claims Act investigations and litigation. Adriaen has represented executives and corporations as a partner at international law firms as well as leading the litigation and compliance departments of Fortune 200 public companies as chief litigation counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer. He provides clients contending with government investigations a course of action to avoid litigation and win at trial by developing a legal strategy driven by his experience advising board of directors and public company management.

Adriaen proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine, first as an infantry officer experiencing combat during the First Gulf War and later as a judge advocate. A varsity Ice hockey player at the Naval Academy, he now coaches high school and youth hockey teams. Born in Belgium and raised as the son of a Foreign Service Officer, Adriaen has traveled the world, become immersed in diverse cultures and modes of thinking, and is fluent in French.