CONTI FENN LAWRENCE
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Ms. Kon defends business executives, financial services professionals, and financial services firms in SEC and/or FINRA investigations relating to allegations of securities and accounting fraud. Ms. Kon also has a general civil litigation practice, and represents clients in all types of civil litigation, including corporate, securities, and commercial litigation and administrative actions.

Representative Engagements

Securities Litigation and Enforcement

  • Defending a senior U.S. investment banker in parallel SEC and DOJ investigations concerning potential FCPA violations arising out of Asian operations.
  • Defending a trader in an SEC administrative action concerning allegations of fraud and alleged violations of Reg SHO and Exchange Act Rule 10b-21.
  • Defending a CEO of a private company in a civil enforcement action brought by the SEC alleging accounting fraud.
  • Defending an investment adviser in an investigation by the Securities Division of Maryland Attorney General’s Office
  • Defending a financial services professional in parallel SEC and FINRA investigations of an alleged Ponzi scheme.

Business Litigation

  • Defending several executives of a public company in a shareholder derivative lawsuit.
  • Representing businesses in disputes concerning business torts, including misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and patent infringement.

Franchise Litigation

  • Representing a large provider of supplemental education services in litigation involving trademark infringement and unfair competition.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of franchisor seeking collection of over $200,000.00 in royalty payments.
  • Successfully defended a franchisor accused of fraudulently inducing franchisee into purchasing franchise.
  • Obtained a substantial financial settlement on behalf of franchisor who brought suit against former franchisees accused of stealing customer information to start a competing business.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Representing homeowners in a certified class action in federal court claiming violations of the RESPA (Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act).

Estates and Trusts Litigation

  • Represented clients challenging wills in contested proceedings before the Maryland’s Orphan’s Court and Circuit Court.

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Education

University of Maryland, J.D., cum laude

Notes and Comments Editor, Maryland Law Review

University of Maryland College Park, M.A. in criminology and criminal justice

Yeshiva University, B.A., sociology, cum laude

Moses Langer Award for Excellence in Sociology

Affiliations and Recognition

​Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Division 2012-2015