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Areas of Expertise

Securities Law, Government Investigations, Internal Investigations, White-Collar Crime


Aaron Lipson is partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations practice at King & Spalding LLP, where he counsels public companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers, accounting firms, private funds, and individuals facing complex government investigations. Lipson also assists regulated entities with compliance matters and advises boards of directors with respect to independent investigations and disclosure matters.

Lipson has nearly fifteen years of experience as a senior enforcement official at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where he led the enforcement program for the SEC’s Atlanta Regional Office. Lipson oversaw a wide variety of investigations including those related to financial fraud, manipulative market practices, insider trading, cyber-intrusions, breaches of fiduciary duty, failures to disclose conflicts of interest, and unregistered offerings. 

Lipson also routinely partnered with federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies throughout the nation, including the US Department of Justice, various US attorney’s offices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Secret Service, the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the US Department of Labor, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board among others. Lipson regularly conducted trainings for the staff of these agencies on white-collar investigative practices and emerging issues in financial regulation.

While at the SEC, Lipson was a senior manager in the agency’s Complex Financial Instruments Specialized Enforcement Unit, focusing on securitizations and the retail marketing of structured products. Lipson also led one of the SEC’s intra-agency working groups that focused on cross-border transactions as well as attorney and auditor liability. At times, Lipson represented the agency on the President’s Financial Fraud Task Force and the RMBS Working Group. In this capacity, Lipson played key roles in several of the most significant multi-agency coordinated investigations and criminal prosecutions arising from the financial crisis. 

Lipson obtained his undergraduate degree in history from Yale University, with honors, and his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law, with honors, where he was member of the Law Review.