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Daniel L. Goelzer

Daniel L. Goelzer

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Daniel L. Goelzer is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Baker & McKenzie.  He practices in the areas of securities and corporate law, specializing in matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Mr. Goelzer was appointed as a founding member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in October 2002.  The PCAOB is responsible for oversight and regulation of the auditors of U.S. public companies and securities broker-dealers.  He served as Acting Chairman of the PCAOB from August 2009 through January 2011.  He left the Board at the conclusion of his term in 2012.

In March 2011, Mr. Goelzer was elected Vice Chair of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators and served in that capacity until his departure from the PCAOB.  IFIAR is an organization of 40 national audit oversight bodies that operate independently of the accounting profession.

From 1990 until joining the PCAOB in 2002, Mr. Goelzer was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Baker & McKenzie.  He resumed his Baker & McKenzie partnership in December, 2012.

From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Goelzer served as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Before his appointment as General Counsel, he held a variety of positions in the Office of the Commission's Chairman and in the Office of the General Counsel.  He joined the Commission's staff in 1974, following a clerkship with Judge Thomas E. Fairchild of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

From 1969 to 1970, he worked as an auditor in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, office of the international accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche.

Mr. Goelzer, a native of Milwaukee, received a BBA in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin, a JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law in 1974, and an LLM from the National Law Center, George Washington University, in 1979.  He is a member of the Wisconsin and District of Columbia Bars and received a Wisconsin CPA certificate in 1977.

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