Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2005-2009)

Christopher Cox

About the Speaker

Chris Cox is a partner in the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and president of Morgan Lewis Consulting LLC, its global strategic consulting business. He advises multinational companies on strategic issues, corporate governance, securities regulation, and general business matters worldwide.

During a 23-year Washington career, Chris was a White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan, chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the US House of Representatives, and the fifth-ranking elected leader in the House.

Chris has recently been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a 2017 "Super Lawyer," by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the "Top Attorneys in Southern California," and by The Best Lawyers in America as Orange County "Corporate Lawyer of the Year" for 2016 and "Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year" for 2014. He has led numerous corporate governance programs and from 2011 - 2015 served as Chairman of the Forum for Corporate Directors.

Prior to his Washington career, Chris was a partner in the corporate practice of Latham & Watkins, where he was the head of the corporate department in Orange County and a member of the firm's national management. He also taught federal income tax as a member of the faculty at Harvard Business School.

In Congress, in addition to his role as chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Chris was chairman of the Select Committee on US National Security and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Financial Services Committee. For 10 years he served as chairman of the House Policy Committee. In each of these capacities he was responsible for significant legislation, including the Internet Tax Freedom Act, the Securities Litigation Reform Act, and the Support for Eastern European Democracy Act.