Brian Cartwright

From 2006 to 2009, Brian Cartwright served as General Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was responsible for counseling the Commission on all matters brought before it, including all enforcement actions and all rulemakings. Dr. Cartwright also supervised all cases litigated by the SEC in the United States Courts of Appeals and advised on all adjudications appealed to the Commission. During his service at the SEC, Dr. Cartwright also served as a senior advisor to the Chairman and other Commissioners and helped shape the Commission’s major policy and regulatory initiatives.

Before and after his government service, Brian Cartwright served as Senior Advisor and long-time partner to the law firm Latham & Watkins, where he was Global Chair of the Public Company Representation Practice Group and member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Cartwright began his legal career in 1980 after earning a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review and winner of the Sears Prize. 

He served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court following his clerkship for Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Dr. Cartwright serves on the Boards of Directors of of HCP, Inc. and Investment Technology Group, Inc. He serves as a trustee of the Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit legal services organization. He also was a technical advisor on the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to the award-winning Wall Street.

Dr. Cartwright’s previous career was as an astrophysicist. Following his graduation from Yale University, he earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago. From 1973 to 1977, he was a Research Physicist at the Department of Physics and Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley. During this time, he published numerous articles in scholarly journals in his field of high energy particle astrophysics.