Brian Cartwright

Before joining Patomak Global Partners as Senior Advisor, 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. From 2006 to 2009, he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As SEC General Counsel, he was responsible for counseling the Commission on all matters brought before it, including all enforcement actions and all rulemakings. Mr. 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, Mr. Cartwright also served as a senior advisor to the Chairman and other Commissioners and helped shape the Commission’s major policy and regulatory initiatives.

Mr. 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 Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then as a law clerk to Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Cartwright is currently Scholar in Residence at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and previously was a Fellow of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. He also was a technical advisor on the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to the award-winning Wall Street.

Mr. 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.

Posts by Brian Cartwright

  • Proxy Access Could Hurt the Bottom Line (09.03.10 )

    GUEST CONTRIBUTOR POST: Brian G. Cartwright is senior advisor to Latham & Watkins LLP and a fellow of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Charles M. Nathan is a member of the corporate department in Latham & Watkins’ New York office, is co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance […]

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