Cory C. Kirchert

Of Counsel

Direct: 202.677.4946
Fax: 202.677.4947
1775 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, District of Columbia 20006


Cory is of counsel in the Litigation, Securities Enforcement, and Government Investigations and White Collar Crime practices.

Cory focuses his practice on government investigations, including securities enforcement and litigation. He advises clients prior to possible investigations, during, and through private and public civil and criminal investigations.

For over 20 years, as a former Senior Counsel at the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), he investigated, settled or litigated high-profile, fraud-related matters. His experience in financial accounting cases spans a variety of matters including revenue/expense recognition and financial reporting-fraud, asset valuation fraud, loss recognition and improper capitalization fraud, and misappropriation of assets. His deep understanding and first-hand experience gained while working at the SEC gives him insight into to the staff’s current thinking. This strengthens his ability to anticipate how the government will respond during internal investigations, allowing him to craft the best defense strategies for his clients.

Cory represents public companies and professional services firms in litigation involving 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 regularly advises board of directors and audit-committee members.

Cory is an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and has taught collegiate courses in accounting including fraud examination. Prior to joining the SEC, he practiced law in private practice focusing on securities and real estate matters.


  • University of Virginia, Certificate in Accounting
  • University of Memphis, Master of Business Administration
  • University of Virginia, LLM, Law (Emphasis on Financial Reg.)
  • Albany Law School, Juris Doctor,
    magna cum laude
  • SUNY at Albany, Master of Philosophy
  • SUNY at Albany, Bachelor of Arts - Political Science
  • US Military Academy, Study, Mathematics
  • State of New York
  • State of Virginia
  • *Not admitted in the District of Columbia. Supervised by a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • French


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