Washington D.C.

+(202) 887-1585

Highly regarded

Bar admissions:

District of Columbia


United States

Practice areas:

Capital markets : Debt
Capital markets : Equity

Scott Lesmes is co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance | Capital Markets practice. Mr. Lesmes focuses his practice on counseling clients with respect to corporate and securities matters for publicly-listed companies. He advises companies and boards of directors on a broad range of securities regulation and corporate governance issues and has substantial experience in dealing with restatements and internal control concerns. Mr. Lesmes counsels issuers and underwriters in the public offering process and in corporate compliance matters involving SEC reporting and disclosure requirements.

Prior to his career in private law, Mr. Lesmes served as in-house counsel at two public companies. He worked extensively in establishing corporate compliance programs and policies while serving as Chief Legal Officer for Allied Capital Corporation, a NYSE-listed business development company, as well as Deputy General Counsel/Chief Securities Counsel for Fannie Mae, a financial services company. Mr. Lesmes draws on his significant in-house experience to provide valuable perspective in his role as an outside advisor. He is recognized as a leading lawyer for Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Equity in IFLR1000.

Mr. Lesmes serves as chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Practice and Opinion Review Committee.