Ian Acker is an Associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Buckley LLP. Mr. Acker represents individual and corporate clients, including financial institutions, in civil and criminal actions brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), various U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and other government agencies.
His work includes white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement actions, whistleblower actions, and matters involving International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), and the False Claims Act (FCA). Mr. Acker also provides regulatory advice in securities, investment adviser, and cryptocurrency-related matters involving the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
Mr. Acker received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School (cum laude) in 2017, where he was a member of the George Washington International Law Review and its editorial board. He received his B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014.
What happens when prosecutors fail to make constitutionally required disclosures of evidence because the court ordered them not to? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit weighed in on this issue recently,...Buckley Commentary & Analysis
"The federal mandatory initial discovery pilot project—18 months in" by Amanda R. Lawrence, Scott T. Sakiyama, and Ian Acker (American Bar Association)
The Judicial Conference of the United States is considering drastic changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that could result in significantly accelerated time frames for the commencement of discovery. The Judicial Conference began testing these changes in a pilot program, and the...Articles
"SEC tool could test executive online impulse control" by Thomas A. Sporkin and Ian Acker (Legaltech News)
A message to corporate executives and their public-relations minders: One in a trillion may no longer be a reasonable guarantee of anonymity. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is confronting the difficult challenge of how to keep an eye on and sort through a fire hose of social media...Articles
"It's all in the footnotes: A field guide to SEC whistleblower awards" by Christopher F. Regan, Thomas A. Sporkin, and Ian J. Acker (American Bar Association Business Law Today)
More than seven years since the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower incentive provisions became effective, and more than five years since the first SEC whistleblower program award, only a few courts have put the program under a microscope. In the absence of meaningful case law and in light of the SEC’s...Articles
"Corporate America, expect a spike in SEC reporting" by Christopher F. Regan, Thomas A. Sporkin, Timothy J. Coley and Ian Acker (Law360)
Eight years ago, the big debate between corporate America and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was whether whistleblowers should be required to report internally before being eligible for awards and protections under Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provisions. Ultimately, the SEC decided...Articles