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Celiza Braganca

Celiza Braganca

Recovering investment losses | SEC Defense Attorney
  • Stockbroker & Investment Fraud, Securities Law, Business Law...
  • Illinois
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Lisa Bragança has decades of experience as a financial and securities litigator. Lisa served as a Branch Chief in the Division of Enforcement of the Chicago Office of the Securities & Exchange Commission, where she handled investigations of accounting fraud, Ponzi schemes, insider trading, churning, and unsuitability. While at the SEC, Lisa collaborated with the federal criminal prosecutors in securities fraud investigations at major corporations.

Lisa has recovered millions of dollars for clients including recoveries for investors and insurance policyholders. Lisa has successfully represented corporate officers and directors in SEC investigations and related litigation.

Lisa  is a trial advocacy and deposition skills instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). She is a frequent speaker on securities fraud, elder financial abuse, and cryptocurrency / ICO issues. She has a B.A. (with honors) and J.D./M.B.A. (Order of the Coif, honors) from the University of Chicago.

Lisa is a member of the Womens White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA), the Public Investor Advocacy Bar Association (PIABA), the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).

University of Chicago
J.D. (1992) | Law
Honors: Honors and Order of the Coif
Activities: Mandel Legal Aid Clinic
University of Chicago
MBA (1992) | Industrial Economics
Professional Experience
Braganca Law LLC
- Current
Braganca Law LLC represents investors and policyholders in recovering losses from securities brokers, investment advisors, and insurance brokers/companies as well as individuals/entities involved in regulatory investigations and commercial litigation. Lisa Braganca's experience as an SEC Branch Chief with the Enforcement Division gives her a unique and valuable perspective in representing investors in court and FINRA arbitration, in representing whistleblowers reporting fraud to SEC and other regulators, and in representing employees and investment professionals in regulatory investigations and litigation. Lisa has successfully represented individuals targeted by, and involved in, regulatory investigations including SEC investigations of fraud and insider trading. Lisa has represented employees and officers in negotiating separation agreements and in resolving employment disputes. Lisa is a NITA trial practice and deposition skills instructor.
Trial Attorney
Stoltmann Law Offices
Legal Director
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
Sperling & Slater, PC
Branch Chief
Securities & Exchange Commission
Speaking Engagements
Securities Law in the Trump Administration, Chicago Bar Association Securities Law Committee CLE, Chicago, IL
Chicago Bar Association
Creative Counters to Dirty Deeds, PIABA Annual Meeting 2017, Colorado Springs, CO
Public Investor Advocacy Bar Association
How to counter discovery and trial antics of broker counsel in FINRA arbitrations
Elder Financial Abuse by Brokers, webinar
National Association of Elder Law Attorneys - Illinois Chapter
How to identify and address elder financial exploitation by brokers
Dishonesty is like a virus, Skokie, Illinois
Rotary Club of Wilmette
Discussion of how dishonesty can infect organizations using Arthur Andersen & Company as an example.
Leading Lawyer
Leading Lawyers 2018
Lead On
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
Award for service as class counsel in three class actions brought to compel the State of Illinois to serve people with disabilities in community-based settings rather than nursing facilities
Professional Associations
Womens White Collar Defense Association
- Current
- Current
- Current
Activities: Member of Fiduciary Standards Committee and Annual Meeting Committee. Presenter at 2015 and 2016 Annual Meeting.
League of Women Voters of Wilmette
Board Member
- Current
Activities: Coordinate the Observer Corps team which attends and reports on meetings of local governmental entities
Chicago Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Securities Law Committee - organizing February 2018 CLE program
State Bar of Illinois # 6226636
- Current
Activities: Served as NITA Trial Practice instructor for legal aid attorneys in Chicago area.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
7th Circuit
  • Free Consultation
    Contingency fee, fixed fee, and hourly rates available.
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
  • Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
  • Securities Law
  • Business Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
SECDefenseAttorney Blog
Contact & Map
Braganca Law LLC
230 South Clark Street, Suite 262
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60604
Toll-Free: (847) 906-3460
Telephone: (847) 906-3460