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Hon. Mary Jo  White

Hon. Mary Jo White

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Mary Jo White is a litigation partner in the New York office of Debevoise and Senior Chair of the firm.

Ms.White is the leader of the firm’s Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions Group. Her practice focuses on counseling boards of directors and representing clients on significant and sensitive matters, including companies facing crises involving multi-faceted government investigations and cases. She has decades of experience prosecuting and defending a wide range of white collar criminal and civil cases, having served as Chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and as a well-known private practitioner in high-profile Matters.  Ms.White is recognized as an Eminent Practitioner in Securities Enforcement and White Collar-Crime and Government Investigations by Chambers USA (2017), which notes that she “draws on market-leading regulatory expertise to advise boards of directors and companies on government investigations and enforcement proceedings.”

Prior to rejoining the firm in 2017, Ms.White served for nearly four years as Chair of the SEC. She was nominated by President Obama to lead the SEC and was one of the Commission’s longest-serving Chairs. Under Ms. White’s leadership, the Commission strengthened protections for investors and the markets through transformative rulemakings that addressed major issues raised by the financial crisis, and created the framework for the future regulation of the asset management industry, enhancement of equity market structure and disclosure effectiveness. The Commission also instituted changes to enforcement that resulted in greater accountability and record levels of actions and monetary remedies ordered.

Prior to joining the SEC in 2013, Ms.White was the Chair of Debevoise’s Litigation Department. During that time, her practice concentrated on internal investigations and defense of companies and individuals accused by the government of involvement in white collar corporate crime or SEC and civil securities law violations, and on other major business litigation disputes and crises. 

Ms.White served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1993 to 2002. She is the only woman to hold the top position in the more than 200-year history ofthat office, which has the responsibility of enforcing the federal criminal and civil laws of the nation. Ms. White also served as the first Chairperson of Attorney General Janet Reno’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys from all over the country. Prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Ms. White served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Acting U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York from 1990 to 1993.

Hon. Mary Jo White is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Managing Crises in the Social Media Era: Ten Do’s and Don’t’s (August 11, 2017) - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
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