Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society

Oral Histories

43 records in this section.

February 11, 2020

Donald C. Langevoort

Donald C. Langevoort is the Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He joined the Georgetown faculty in 1999 after eighteen years at Vanderbilt University School of Law. Professor Langevoort graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1976, and went into private practice with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington. In 1978, he joined the staff of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission as Special Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel. Since entering academia in 1981, Professor Langevoort has written a treatise on insider trading, co-authored a casebook on securities regulation, and produced numerous law review articles on topics such as insider trading, the impact of technology on securities regulation, investor behavior and the intersection between cognitive psychology and lawyers’ professional responsibilities.

20 March 2014

Ernesto Lanza

December 8, 2021

Carmen J. Lawrence

Made possible through the generous support of King & Spalding.

Carmen Lawrence served at the SEC for nearly twenty years. From 1996 to 2000, she was Regional Director for the SEC's Northeast Regional Office, the agency's largest region covering 14 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Before her appointment as regional director, from 1990 through 1995, she served as Senior Associate Regional Director, heading up the Northeast Regional Office's Enforcement Division. From 1981 to 1989, she served in various staff and senior positions in the Enforcement Division. Ms. Lawrence left the SEC for private practice in 2000.

27 February 2004

Leonard Leiman

12 April 2011

James Leisenring

14 January 2003

Alan Levenson

25 July 2006

Theodore Levine

20 June 2013

Arthur Levitt

19 February 2009

John Liftin

06 June 2013

Martin Lipton

04 June 2012

Barbara Lucas

September 12, 2017

Bill Lupien

03 May 2016

Martin Lybecker

19 July 2006

Gary Lynch

25 April 2014

Paul Maco - Part I

12 May 2014

Paul Maco - Part II

29 March 2011

Paul Mahoney

September 26, 2019

Colleen Mahoney

Colleen Mahoney spent 15 years in increasingly senior positions with the SEC. In 1983, she joined the SEC’s Office of General Counsel. She then moved to the Division of Enforcement in 1990, serving as chief counsel. After a stint as executive assistant/chief of staff for Chairman Arthur Levitt in 1993-94, Ms. Mahoney went back to the division of enforcement as deputy director under Bill McLucas until 1998. During the course of her SEC career, she saw internet technology begin to change internal processes, derivatives begin to proliferate, and the SEC make major structural changes to adapt to a more globalized marketplace. In her last several months before leaving for the private sector, she served as acting general counsel for the agency.

05 March 2009

Hugh Makens

07 April 2010

Donald Malawsky

  • - Part 1
  • - Part 2
  • edited transcript (pdf)
Made possible through the support of ASECA - Association of SEC Alumni, Inc.
13 June 2005

Michael Mann

06 August 2012

Henry Manne

Made possible through the support of the George Mason University Law and Economics Center and Simon M. Lorne
29 April 2015

Juan Marcelino

17 November 2009

Robert Marchman

01 July 2013

David B.H. Martin

July 20, 2022

John F. McCarthy

John F. McCarthy served the Securities and Exchange Commission for 14 years, from 1992 to 2006. He joined the SEC in 1992 as a staff attorney and became an Associate Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ market oversight unit in 2000. As Associate Director, Mr. McCarthy supervised the Commission's oversight inspection program which is responsible for regulatory oversight of trading on the securities exchanges. Mr. McCarthy received the Commission's 2000 and 2004 Capital Markets Award for leading inspections that assisted in reforming the options markets, and for leading OCIE's examinations of investment banking/research analysts' conflicts of interest. He also received the Chairman's Award of Excellence in 1998 for his role in improving the Commission's oversight of self-regulatory organizations. Mr. McCarthy received his B.S. in Engineering and A.B. in Economics from the University of Michigan, his M.Sc. in Finance from the London School of Economics and his JD from the University of Maryland.

24 June 2015

James McConnell

11 May 2005

Catherine McCoy

11 May 2005

Neal McCoy

February 8, 2019

Joan McKown

Joan E. McKown spent nearly 25 years at the SEC, 1986 to 2010, the last 17 as chief counsel in the Enforcement Division. During her tenure in the Division, she honed her knowledge of investigatory issues relating to financial fraud, corporate disclosure, corporate governance, accounting, compliance, private equity, FCPA, broker dealer, investment adviser, investment companies, and insider trading. She also played a key role in establishing enforcement policies and oversaw creation of the first version of the SEC Enforcement Manual.

05 March 2012

William McLucas

Bill McLucas served at the SEC for 21 years, the last 9 as director of the Division of Enforcement. He started as a staff attorney in 1977 and became branch chief under Stanley Sporkin. He then rose through the ranks in the Enforcement Division as assistant director, associate director, and became director of the Division in 1989. In his oral history interview, he discusses what it was like to serve under directors Sporkin and Fedders, and for five SEC Chairmen as division director, and how the SEC’s enforcement program evolved over his time at the SEC, and since his departure from the agency in 1998. Mr. McLucas was a founding trustee of the SEC Historical Society.

24 September 2005

Bernard Meltzer

03 October 2013

Susan Merrill

12 November 2008

Orestes Mihaly

October 22, 2019

Claudius B. Modesti

Made possible through the support of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Claudius B. Modesti served for 14 years at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), from 2005 to 2019. He was the PCAOB’s first enforcement director and led the team that built the enforcement group from its inception. He oversaw the development of the PCAOB’s policies and procedures for identifying matters for investigation. His role also included overseeing the Board’s litigation process. In addition, he played a key role in the PCAOB’s collaboration with its foreign regulator counterparts, particularly as it related to international enforcement cooperation.

11 June 2003

William Morley

30 October 2002

Allan Mostoff

Courtesy of Dechert LLP
04 November 2005

Annette Nazareth

04 June 2012

Richard Nesson

April 5, 2019

Thomas C. Newkirk

Thomas Newkirk spent 19 years -- from 1986 – 2004 -- in the SEC’s Enforcement Division. As Chief Litigation Counsel, he directed the Commission’s litigation against Drexel Burnham Lambert and Michael Milken, First Jersey and Eddie Antar (“Crazy Eddie”), and many emergency relief cases to freeze the proceeds of insider trading and halt on-going frauds. Then as an Associate Director, he led the investigations of significant financial fraud cases (Royal Ahold, PNC Financial Services Group, Tyco, Arthur Anderson, Waste Management), mutual fund cases (The Dreyfus Corporation, Kemper Financial Services), and broker-dealer cases (Prudential Securities, Gruntal & Company).

10 December 2010

Donald Nicolaisen

Made possible through the support of ASECA - Association of SEC Alumni, Inc.
December 17, 2019

Charles Niemeier - Founding of the PCAOB

Charles Niemeier, a partner at Williams and Connolly LLP, previously served with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement as the co-head of the Financial Fraud Task Force and as Chief Accountant for the Division. Upon adoption of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, he was appointed a founding board member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, serving as the Board’s first Acting Chair. Mr. Niemeier received his B.B.A. at Baylor University and his JD at Georgetown University Law Center.

09 April 2014

Leslie Norwood

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