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Laura provides clients with strategic advice about matters relating to the SEC, regulatory and legislative process.
- Strategic advice on SEC and other regulatory matters for large financial services firms.
- Review and analysis of Dodd Frank Act and its implications on business activities.
- Work with internal team on developing and articulating industry positions in the Dodd Frank rulemaking process.
A former SEC commissioner, acting chairman and Senate Banking Committee counsel, Laura has unique insight into a wide range of challenges faced by clients. She also draws upon her public company board experience over the last decade to provide guidance and insight on governance and business. Laura's career at the Securities and Exchange Commission and on Capitol Hill spanned a decade and a half. She served as the 78th member of the SEC and as acting chairman for six months. Prior to returning to the SEC, where she began her career in New York and later D.C. as an enforcement attorney, Laura worked for several years as securities counsel to the Senate Banking Committee. She left the government in 2002 and expanded her expertise by working as an on camera CNBC regulatory expert for a year, and as the independent consultant to JPMorgan Chase for six years as part of the Global Analyst Conflict Settlement. She has also served as an independent director on a number of public corporate boards over the last nine years.
- J.D., New York Law School, International Business Review
- B.A., rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
- Foundation board member, Children's National Medical Center
- Member of finance committee, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
- Annual Fund Committee co-chair, The Field School
- Technology Person of the Year in 1999
- NACD Council on Risk Oversight
- Federal Bar Association, Securities Law Section Executive Council
- Wall Street Lawyer Editorial Board
- Children’s National Medical Center board of directors, Finance & Investment Committee