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Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Mark David Hunter is an AV Preeminent® (the highest peer ranking by Martindale-Hubbell) rated attorney who manages HTFL’s Miami, Florida office. He oversees the firm's Securities/Regulatory Enforcement and Investigations, Securities Litigation/Arbitration, Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Compliance, White Collar Criminal Defense, Governmental Investigations, and Commercial Litigation/Arbitration practice groups. In addition to his role at HTFL, Mr. Hunter is also an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University’s (FIU) College of Law, where he teaches a “White Collar Crime” course drawing from his professional experience. He also serves on the NASDAQ’s Listings Qualifications Panel (by appointment from the NASDAQ’s Board of Directors) where he oversees appeals of NASDAQ-listed companies regarding issues of listing or delisting, and renders decisions on the ultimate issue of whether a company’s shares will continue to be listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market. Mr. Hunter is licensed in New York, Washington D.C., and Florida.
Mr. Hunter has successfully represented numerous individual and institutional clients in various stages of investigations and proceedings brought by various offices and divisions of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers), and state securities regulators. Mr. Hunter has also successfully represented numerous clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings regarding both securities industry disputes and alleged sales practice violations. Mr. Hunter’s representation of clients involved in securities arbitrations is further enhanced by his experience as an arbitrator for FINRA and the National Futures Association (NFA).
Mr. Hunter has also successfully represented numerous public companies, as well as those companies’ officers and directors, in numerous class actions litigations, shareholder derivative litigations, and delisting proceedings before multiple securities exchanges. His experience also includes being tasked to conduct independent investigations of public companies, as well as representing public companies and their officers and directors who are faced with independent investigations.
While representing clients facing criminal charges, Mr. Hunter has represented numerous individuals at various stages of both federal and state proceedings for various white collar matters, including grand jury investigations, pre-indictment proffer and plea negotiations, and arraignments/first appearances, through plea and sentencing calculations and negotiations. Mr. Hunter has significant experience involving matters of national security, as well as matters generating significant press interest, and is well-versed in handing the unique challenges that accompany such matters.
Prior to forming HTFL, Mr. Hunter was an Enforcement Attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where he investigated and prosecuted violations of the federal securities laws, rules, and regulations. While serving at the Commission, Mr. Hunter also provided securities expertise and coordinated matters with federal and state criminal prosecutors, as well as state securities regulators and self-regulatory organizations.
Prior to his employment at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Hunter also served as a criminal prosecutor in New York City, where he was assigned to the specialized bureau responsible for the investigation and prosecution of white-collar crimes. His activities comprised all aspects of investigation and prosecution, including drafting accusatory instruments, organizing cooperation agreements and/or plea offers for defendants, conducting grand jury proceedings, jury selection, hearings and trials.
Mr. Hunter’s professional experience also includes as an appointment as a Judge Advocate General Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he served as an Administrative/Contact Law Attorney. Prior to attending college and law school, Mr. Hunter also served in the U.S. Army on Active Duty as a Medical Specialist/Combat Medic. He was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, and his tours of duty included Operation Restore/Continue Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia, and Operation Hurricane Relief in Homestead, Florida. For his service, Mr. Hunter was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.
- New York
- Washington, D.C.
- Second Circuit Court of Appeals
- Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, District of Colombia
- U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico
- Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc.
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- American Bar Association, Business Law Section
- Securities Industry Financial Markets Association, Legal and Compliance Section
- Lifetime Member, Military Officers Association of America
- Certified Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution
- Certified Arbitrator, National Futures Association
- Investment Newsletters and Auto-Trading: Stretching the Boundaries of the Publisher’s Exclusion, 9 Wall Street Lawyer 17 (October 2005)
- SEC/DOJ Parallel Proceedings: Contemplating the Propriety of Recent Judicial Trends. 68 Mo. L. Rev. 149 (2003)
- Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, B.S., 1998
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2001