Michael J. Rivera


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Michael Rivera represents businesses and individuals in government investigations, securities enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. Michael is able to provide unique perspective and counsel to clients by drawing from his almost three decades of experience defending clients in private practice and serving as a government prosecutor in the roles of Chief Investigative Counsel for the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and an enforcement attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission.

While serving as SIGTARP’s Chief Investigative Counsel, Michael led a premier white-collar investigative unit engaged in conducting over 200 criminal and civil investigations of complex bank, securities and mortgage frauds relating to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He also served as SIGTARP’s lead liaison with senior officials of government law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Attorney General’s office, Department of Justice (DOJ), SEC, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Obama administration’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF). He also established SIGTARP’s joint task force with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), supervising investigations conducted jointly by the two agencies.

Michael will use his SIGTARP experience to advise clients with respect to oversight issues relating to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including matters involving the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR), Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) and Congressional Oversight Commission.

Michael represents clients in matters before the SEC, DOJ, CFPB, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, stock exchanges, and inspectors general offices.  Michael has handled investigations and compliance matters involving federal securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering laws, TARP and other financial regulations.


American Bar Association

Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia