- Former SEC Enforcement Branch Chief
- Founder and CEO of Investor's Watchdog
- Court-appointed Receiver in SEC fraud cases
- Private attorney representing defrauded investors
- Professional speaker at universities, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, professional associations, companies, nonprofits and other organizations
- Author of the The Vigilant Investor
PAT HUDDLESTON BIO
Pat Huddleston is a former Enforcement Branch Chief at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the author of The Vigilant Investor. Pat has served as a court-appointed Receiver in SEC fraud cases and succeeded in recovering assets that funded substantial distributions to defrauded investors. He has served as a court-appointed Receiver in nationwide telemarketing cases for the Federal Trade Commission. He has also been appointed Chapter 11 Examiner by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia, tasked with investigating self-dealing by officers and directors of a public company. He represents investors and serves as an expert witness in securities litigation and arbitration.
Pat’s desire to protect investors from the scams that crowd the investing landscape led him to found Investor’s Watchdog LLC, (“IW”) in 2006. Investor’s Watchdog hosts a popular blog, investorswatchblog.com, which tracks breaking investment scams and teaches investors and financial advisers effective due diligence tactics. Investor’s Watchdog has conducted investigations for clients all over the world and helped save millions in assets that otherwise would have been lost to cleverly disguised frauds.
Pat graduated from Georgia Southern College in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He went on to Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia where he was a member of the Mercer Law Review and Chairman of the Moot Court Board. Pat was honored as the Outstanding Senior of his graduating class and inducted into the Brainard Currie Honor Society and the Order of Barristers. He also won the James Estes Moot Court Award and the Corpus Juris Secundum award for contributions to legal scholarship. He graduated from Mercer, cum laude, in 1987.
After three years learning litigation at an insurance defense firm, Pat joined the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an Enforcement Attorney. Less than two years later he accepted a promotion to Enforcement Branch Chief, leading a team of impressive Enforcement Attorneys in nationwide investigations of insider trading, market manipulation, broker-dealer misconduct, and offering frauds of every kind.
Pat returned to private practice in 1996, representing investors in securities arbitration and litigation and representing targets of SEC investigations at the firms Dawson & Huddleston and Huddleston & Nohr. In 2006, Pat opened The Huddleston Law Firm and began his career as a court-appointed receiver. He joined Atlanta law firm Page Perry as a Partner in 2011.
Pat is admitted to practice law in all trial and appellate courts in Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas. He is also admitted in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee, and the Western District of Arkansas.
Pat is a sought-after public speaker and corporate trainer who has presented to the California Association of Public Retirement Systems, the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, the American Association of Individual Investors, the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the CFO Council, and the Financial Planners Association. He speaks on investment fraud, effective due diligence investigations, and how educated financial professionals can be heroes to their clients. He also enjoys teaching the next generation of business leaders. He has spoken to graduate and undergraduate students at the colleges from the University of Mississippi to Harvard and the biggest public universities in between.
In addition to The Vigilant Investor; Pat has written for Risk Management, The Prosecutor, Benefits, Registered Rep, Physician’s Money Digest, Church Executive, Medical Life (Australia), and RIA Biz. He appears frequently as a subject matter expert on television and radio. He has appeared on ABC News, CBS Moneywatch, Fox Business News, Consuelo Mack Wealthtrack, Chicago’s Monsters and Money in the Morning, and local news programs in Seattle, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles. He has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, the Financial Times, Investment News and USA Today, among other publications. The Vigilant Investor has been published in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom, in addition to the United States. In an endorsement on the back cover, Princeton Professor Burton Malkiel (author of the bestselling A Random Walk Down Wall Street), calls Pat “the investors’ perfect teacher.”
Pat blogs on investor fraud, investment scams, and investor protection issues every weekday at InvestorsWatchblog.com. You can also follow him on Twitter where his handle is @scamdemic.
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