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Rebecca Fike
Rebecca Fike
Partner — Shareholder Litigation & Enforcement, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense
Partner — Shareholder Litigation & Enforcement, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense

Rebecca Fike

Rebecca Fike
Dallas

Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, Texas 75201

start quote symbolMy decade in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement gives me singular insight into the current inner workings of government investigations—and my ability to work with regulators allows me to effectively advise my clients and protect their interests.end quote symbol
Rebecca Fike

Investigations and Administrative Proceedings

  • Lead attorney in In the Matter of KBR, Inc., the Commission’s first-ever enforcement of Rule 21F-17 under the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Rules; the resulting order had an impact on corporate whistleblower policies, internal investigation procedures, and confidentiality agreements nationwide

  • Co‐lead investigative attorney in In the Matter of Nikola Corp., a complex ESG/SPAC fraud regarding an alleged zero‐emissions transportation system provider, finding violations of the antifraud and disclosure control provisions of the federal securities laws and ordering the payment of a $125 million penalty

  • Co‐lead investigative attorney in SEC v. Trevor R. Milton charging scores of fraudulent statements made by Nikola Motor Corporation’s founder and former CEO Trevor Milton in raising more than $1 billion from public and private investors through a SPAC transaction

  • Lead attorney in settled administrative proceedings against public company and, founder and former CEO for fraud regarding undisclosed executive perquisites, as well as stock pledges and violations of the books and records, internal accounting controls, and proxy provisions

  • Lead attorney in settled administrative proceedings against public company Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. and its former CEO for failures in accounting, reporting, disclosure controls and procedures, and internal controls over financial reporting

  • Lead attorney in six public company accounting fraud and restatement investigations, including those with parallel criminal investigations and novel accounting and securities law issues

  • Lead attorney in national priority investigation in complex potential public company accounting fraud; worked extensively with other SEC offices and outside criminal authorities

  • (N.D. Tex.) – Lead attorney in $8.7 million oil and gas offering fraud with parallel criminal case

  • (W.D. Tex.) – Lead attorney in $7.4 million aviation investment scheme with parallel criminal case

  • (W.D. Tex.) – Lead attorney in $6.3 million offering fraud by Texas state senator and others; assisted FBI and DOJ in successful criminal prosecution

  • (N.D. Tex.) – Lead attorney in $4.3 million offering fraud

  • (N.D. Tex.) – Lead attorney in $1.1 million real estate investment fraud with parallel criminal case

  • (N.D. Tex.) – Lead attorney in oil and gas offering fraud for misuse of investor funds by founder

  • Co‐lead investigative attorney in In the Matter of Munish Sood, an action against a formerly registered investment adviser related to an NCAA bribery scandal

  • Lead attorney in two potential insider trading investigations

  • Lead attorney in an investigation into potential pump‐and‐dump ring with whistleblower and parallel investigation by the FBI

  • Assisted in drafting a successful motion to dismiss of claims against a hedge fund and fund advisor in a securities class action arising from investment in Madoff feeder fund

  • Assisted in the defense of two master limited partnerships, their general partners, and their directors in lawsuits filed by a limited partner; played large role in electronic discovery, review of public securities filings, deposition preparation, and research and brief writing for injunction hearings

Credentials

  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2008 (Equal Justice of America Fellow)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2004 (Phi Beta Kappa; National Merit Scholarship; University Scholar)
  • Senior Counsel, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2012-2022)
  • Associate, Complex Commercial Litigation, Vinson & Elkins LLP (2008-2012)
  • Inaugural Performance Incentive Bonus award, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2021
  • Annual Enforcement Director’s Award for excellence in investigative work, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2015
  • Texas
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • “Expanded Liability for Companies under the SEC’s Proposed Climate Disclosure Rule,” The Texas Lawbook, April 7, 2022 (co-author)