Thomas J. Karr is the Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and Professional Misconduct in the Litigation and Administrative Practice Group of the SEC’s Office of the General Counsel. He has represented the SEC in civil and administrative litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Tom has also been involved in the drafting of the Part 205 attorney conduct rules and related releases, in providing advice regarding their interpretation and in filing amicus briefs on behalf of the SEC concerning such issues, and in investigating possible attorney misconduct and bringing administrative proceedings pursuant to SEC Rule of Practice 102(e),. He was also involved in drafting the anti-retaliation and attorney provisions of the Commission’s rules implementing its Dodd-Frank whistleblower program, and in filing amicus briefs on whistleblower issues. Tom joined the Office of the General Counsel in October 1998, and was a Special Trial Counsel in that Office from 1999-2006.
Before joining the SEC, Tom was a litigator in private practice in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Harvard University and of the University of Virginia School of Law.