Chad Friend, Esq. is currently one of the most versatile and experienced Partners at Legal & Compliance, LLC. Mr. Friend is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (B.S. 2010), where he majored in Legal Studies and interned at a private law firm. Mr. Friend received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University Law School (J.D. 2013, Cum Laude). He interned for several private law firms while in law school, and earned CALI High Grade Awards (Book Awards) in Securities Regulation, Corporate Finance, Antitrust Law, Civil Pre-Trial Practice, and Federal Jurisdiction.
In 2013, Mr. Friend moved to Washington, D.C., and obtained a Masters of Law in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. 2014, With Distinction). Mr. Friend served as the Vice President of the Securities and Financial Law Organization, and earned a CALI High Grade Award in Fraud and Fiduciary Duties Under the Federal Securities Law. While living in Washington, D.C., he was selected to work in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission headquarters, pursuant to their honors legal externship program. While working at the S.E.C., Mr. Friend assisted in the investigation of financial fraud, unregistered offerings of equity securities and municipal bonds, and other potential violations of the federal securities statutes and regulations. He also reviewed public company disclosure filings, and assisted in taking testimony from a defendant in an investigation of unregistered securities offerings.
Mr. Friend is admitted to practice in the State of Florida. He attended the Annual Federal Securities Institute Conference for the past two years (2013 and 2014), and the Securities Enforcement Forum 2013 Conference. He is a member of the ABA Business Law Section, as well as the ABA Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section. Mr. Friend resides in Palm Beach County with his wife and two sons.