Adrienne Dawn Gurley

Adrienne Dawn Gurley

Adrienne Gurley most recently served as senior counsel for a large financial institution, where she was the head of litigation for the private bank. Adrienne focused on conducting internal investigations and advising the enterprise on fraud, regulatory, ethics, compliance, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), data and privacy governance, and global employee relations matters. Prior to this, she was senior counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where she investigated and prosecuted federal securities law violations, including market manipulation, EB-5 visa program fraud, cryptocurrency, financial fraud, cybersecurity and data breach, offering fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and insider trading.

Adrienne was an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where she represented the United States in briefing 12 cases and presenting four appellate oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and District of Columbia Court of Appeals. In addition, she served as lead prosecutor in 57 criminal trials, including 15 felony jury trials, in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Earlier in her career, she was an associate at an international law firm, where she represented pharmaceutical companies and technology companies in complex false labeling, unfair competition, and patent infringement cases.


Government Experience

  • Senior counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia




  • Certificate Securities and Financial Law Georgetown University Law Center 2017
  • J.D. Howard University School of Law 2008
  • M.A. John Jay College of Criminal Justice 2004
  • B.A. Economics and Philosophy Columbia University 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted in New York Only

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc.