Aliceson (Kristy) Littman is a partner in the Litigation Department, co-head of the Willkie Digital Works practice and a member of the Securities Litigation & Enforcement Practice Group. Kristy represents corporations, registrants and individuals in complex disputes, including regulatory enforcement and white collar defense. She also counsels clients on cryptocurrency and digital assets regulation and cybersecurity matters, including investigations and enforcement actions by financial regulators.
Kristy previously served as the Chief the Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In that role, she led a group of attorneys and specialists across the nation responsible for investigating and litigating violations of the federal securities laws relating to digital assets, cybersecurity, and cyber-related trading violations. Kristy spearheaded novel enforcement actions relating to crypto exchanges, crypto lending platforms, multibillion-dollar token issuances, crypto trading funds, touting, and unregistered broker-dealers. During her 12 years at the SEC, Kristy held various senior attorney and leadership positions, including serving as Senior Advisor to then SEC Chairman Jay Clayton on enforcement matters and regulatory and policy matters pertaining to digital assets, cybersecurity, and Trading and Markets. In the Trial Unit and the Market Abuse Unit, Kristy led investigations relating to fraudulent compensation schemes at broker-dealers, policy and procedures failures at investment advisers, and litigated insider trading actions. Prior to joining the SEC in 2010, Kristy practiced at an international law firm.