Steve Roth is a partner in the Washington office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. He received his undergraduate training in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He joined Sutherland in 1977, became a partner in 1983, and currently serves as the Chair of the Firm's Financial Services Practice Group. Steve has practiced in the mutual fund and investment company area for over 35 years and represents both funds and fund independent trustees. He is a well-known authority on federal and state regulation of fixed and variable insurance products, on sales practice and advertising issues related to insurance products generally, and on the applicability of the Investment Company Act of 1940 to variable products and underlying mutual funds. He represents numerous insurance companies and money managers in these and other related areas.