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Hon. Aulana L. Peters

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Retired)

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Aulana L. Peters is a retired partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. From 1973 to 1984 and from 1988 to December 2000, Mrs. Peters was a member of Gibson Dunn's Litigation Department and was actively involved in general business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on securities litigation, including class action suits, tender offer/proxy contest litigation and SEC enforcement actions. From June 1984 through July 1988, Mrs. Peters served as Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Coincidentally with her retirement from Gibson Dunn in December 2000, Mrs. Peters was appointed to the Public Oversight Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She served in that capacity until April 2002. In February 2005, Mrs. Peters was appointed to the International Public Interest Oversight Board for Auditing, Education and Professional Ethics Standards.  Mrs. Peters also serves on the United States Comptroller General's Accountability Advisory Panel and on the Advisory Board to the Public Company Accountants Oversight Board. In February 2003, the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni named Mrs. Peters the 11th recipient of the William O. Douglas Award for having made significant contributions to the development of the Federal Securities Law and to the SEC and Financial Community over the years. In October 2010, she was awarded the Medal of Honor by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for distinguished service by a non-accountant to the accounting profession.

Mrs. Peters serves on the Boards of Directors of several publicly held companies, including 3M Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Deere & Company. She has also served on the Advisory Council to the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange and was a member of the POB Panel on Audit Effectiveness.  She is a frequent lecturer on topics such as Federal Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance and has authored articles on securities regulation and the financial services industry. 

Mrs. Peters graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the College of New Rochelle in 1963 and earned her law degree from the University of Southern California in 1973.


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