Britt Whitesell Biles Partner
Britt Whitesell Biles, a litigation partner at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP, has substantial experience in complex civil litigation and regulatory matters, having successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals, arbitrators, and mediators. As a former senior litigation official with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Ms. Biles brings unique experience and insight to the individuals and businesses she represents in a variety of industries including: healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, defense, energy, telecommunications, and financial services.
Ms. Biles has served as counsel on a diverse array of cases, including, class actions and mass torts; commercial contract disputes; Congressional investigations; cases involving cybersecurity and privacy breaches, environmental contamination cases; private securities litigation; product liability cases; and regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the SEC, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and various state attorneys general. In addition, she has developed a reputation for her expertise in managing highly sensitive corporate crisis issues to mitigate risk and exposure for clients facing significant liability, existential regulatory threats, and negative media attention.
Ms. Biles joined Stein Mitchell from the SEC, where she served as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the Division of Enforcement. At the SEC, Ms. Biles investigated and litigated notable securities enforcement actions involving issues such as insider trading, accounting and disclosure fraud, unregistered securities offerings, market abuses, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as varied misconduct by broker-dealers, investment advisors, and gatekeepers. She also served on task forces and advisory groups concerning pyramid schemes and digital currency.
Ms. Biles led the litigation in the SEC’s groundbreaking law firm hacking case in which Chinese nationals were charged with trading on the basis of material nonpublic information that was stolen when the computer networks of two prominent international law firms were hacked. In recognition of her work on that case, Ms. Biles received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in 2017.
For her roles in other significant enforcement actions, Ms. Biles was a two-time recipient of the Division of Enforcement Director’s Award. She was also named by Super Lawyers as a rising star in litigation in 2014.
Prior to joining the SEC, Ms. Biles was a litigation partner in the Washington, DC, office of Kirkland and Ellis LLP.
A mentor to junior lawyers and supporter of continuing legal education, Ms. Biles served as an adjunct lecturer at Duke University School of Law and served on the SEC’s Division of Enforcement’s Curriculum Working Group, which was charged with developing training programs for investigative attorneys.
Honors & Awards
- Securities and Exchange Commission's, Chairman's Award for Excellence, 2017
- Securities and Exchange Commission's, Division of Enforcement Director's Award, 2015, 2017
- SuperLawyers Washington, DC, Rising Star in Litigation, 2014
- Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Outstanding Achievement Award, 2010
Britt Biles Joins Stein Mitchell's Complex Litigation PracticeNovember 2, 2017
“The Fate of ALJs and Other Critical Issues Presented in Lucia v. SEC” Webcast2018
5 Pressing Issues Facing The SEC In 20182018
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
- Law Clerk for the Hon. Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2005-2006).
Duke University School of Law, J.D.
- Order of the Coif
- Duke Law Journal
- Moot Court Board
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A.
- Honors Program
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Order of the Grail-Valkyries