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Michael D. Bopp

Michael D. Bopp

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Michael Bopp is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is Co-Chair of the Public Policy Practice Group and chairs the firm’s Financial Markets Crisis Group.  Mr. Bopp’s practice focuses on public policy and regulatory consulting, particularly in the financial institutions field, and congressional, internal corporate, and other government investigations. 

Mr. Bopp engages in high-level, strategic policy and related regulatory work on a variety of issues.  He has focused significantly over the past 5 years on the financial markets crisis and financial regulatory reform issues.  He has helped numerous clients navigate through the crisis, working with Congress and the Administration on regulatory reform legislation and helping to shape new regulatory requirements promulgated as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act. Mr. Bopp also has counseled numerous companies in complying with Dodd-Frank Act requirements.

Mr. Bopp helped to create and run the Coalition for Derivatives End-Users, which has approximately 300 active company and trade association members.  The Coalition works on both legislative and regulatory fronts to help protect interests of end-user companies in the debate over appropriate regulation of derivatives and has been an influential participant in these processes.

From 2006-2008, Mr. Bopp served as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House, and was responsible for overseeing budgets and coordinating regulatory, legislative, and other policy for approximately $150 billion worth of spending for various government agencies, including the Departments of Treasury, Homeland Security, Transportation, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, and Commerce, the General Services Administration, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. 

From 2003 to 2006, he served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, one of the Senate’s largest committees and most expansive in terms of jurisdiction. He oversaw more than 100 hearings, led numerous investigations and was a primary drafter of key legislation, including the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the most significant reform of the intelligence community in more than 50 years, and 2006 legislation strengthening port security and overhauling the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He also directed a 50-person investigation of the failure of preparations and response to Hurricane Katrina. The investigation included 22 hearings, 325 witnesses, more than 800,000 pages of documents and an 800 page report. 

Mr. Bopp served as Legislative Director and General Counsel to Senator Susan Collins of Maine from 1999 to 2003.  He was Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998 to 1999, where he investigated alleged improper activities undertaken by Teamsters’ officials.  Before that, he worked on the Congressional investigation of campaign finance abuses as senior investigative counsel to the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight and as counsel for the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. He also previously served as counsel on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.  Mr. Bopp served as outside general counsel to the campaign to re-elect Senator Susan Collins.

Mr. Bopp received his law degree cum laude in 1992 from Harvard Law School where he was Articles Editor on the Journal of Law and Public Policy.  He graduated magna cum laude, with honors, in public policy from Brown University in 1987.

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