Celiza (Lisa) Bragança

Law Offices

Chicago, Illinois

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 DOJ in investigating $2 billion in losses arising out of subprime auto lender Mercury Finance Company’s cooking the books. As a result, three senior executives, including the Chairman/CEO, were sentenced to prison terms. While at Jenner & Block, Lisa represented Case Corporation in a Milwaukee federal court insurance coverage trial in which the jury awarded the entire $4.2 million sought for breach of contract, plus $10 million in punitive damages for bad faith.

Since leaving the SEC, Lisa has represented investors as well as directors and officers involved in SEC and DOJ investigations, class actions, and bankruptcy investigations. She has recovered substantial losses from insurance brokers who advised clients to use premium financing to purchase life insurance policies for sale on secondary markets. Lisa has also been an advocate for the rights of people with physical, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities, serving as counsel in three statewide class actions seeking to compel the State of Illinois to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Before law school, Lisa was a consultant with the division of Arthur Andersen & Company that is now Accenture.

Lisa  is a trial advocacy and deposition skills instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). 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 Public Investor Advocacy Bar Association (PIABA), the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). You can follow Braganca Law on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter @LisaBraganca.