Stephen P. Bedell is a partner and securities litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he counsels clients on regulatory issues arising in the securities, options, commodities, financial futures and other derivatives markets, as well as the municipal and fixed income markets. Mr. Bedell is a member of the Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice.
In his 36 years of practice, he has represented a diverse array of clearing firms, futures commission merchants, hedge funds, banks, broker-dealers, investment advisors and specialists in every industry arbitration forum and numerous state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bedell has regularly represented these clients in significant SEC and SRO investigations and enforcement proceedings.
A seasoned securities litigator in the securities, futures and derivatives markets, Mr. Bedell was chair of the Securities and Financial Markets Litigation practice at Gardner Carton & Douglas before joining Foley.
Mr. Bedell has spoken regularly at securities and futures industry programs on issues relating financial and sales practice compliance, and has published articles on these topics.
He has served on the advisory committees of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and National Futures Association relating to financial markets litigation issues. Between 1985 and 1995, Mr. Bedell served as a member of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
In recognition of his experience, Mr. Bedell has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America© since 2013 for his work in securities regulation and was named Chicago’s 2014 Lawyer of the Year - securities regulation. In 2014 - 2016, Mr. Bedell was selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers® lists.*
Mr. Bedell received his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law and earned an H.A.B. with honors from Xavier University.
*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.