Jina Choi

Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Jina is a partner in our Securities Litigation, Enforcement + White Collar Defense Group — a role she is uniquely qualified for as a 16-year veteran of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Her tenure culminated in serving as the Regional Director of the San Francisco Regional Office of the SEC.

As the head of the SEC’s San Francisco office starting in 2013, Jina brought a succession of headline-making enforcement actions. Under Jina’s leadership, the agency’s San Francisco regional staff of attorneys and compliance professionals established important precedents that, according to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, the SEC “will continue to follow in the years ahead.”

In addition to her time at the SEC, Jina’s government experience includes serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Northern District of Texas, as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. She also has experience in private practice at other large law firms.

Now, Jina’s clients benefit from her in-depth knowledge and experience. Having helped to enforce many of the laws that govern the public and pre-IPO companies she represents, Jina is ideally situated to help companies’ officers, directors, and employees navigate and comply with the federal securities laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Her one-of-a-kind skillset allows her to provide clients with exceptional, comprehensive legal support. Jina represents and counsels companies on:

  • Enforcement-related litigation
  • Government and internal investigations
  • Whistleblower complaints
  • Compliance programs

Jina received her J.D. from Yale Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Semifinalist and the Executive Editor for the Yale Law and Policy Review. She received her B.A. in History from Oberlin College, where she was the News Editor; Editorial Editor of the Oberlin Review.

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