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Michael Hershaft

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Senior Special Counsel, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
Washington, DC, USA


Michael Hershaft is a Senior Special Counsel in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examination's (OCIE) Office of Chief Counsel. In this role, he provides legal advice and guidance to the SEC's National Examination Program.  In 2015, Michael served as a counsel to SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher and advised the Commissioner on enforcement matters, policy issues and rulemakings.  Prior to joining OCIE in 2011, Michael was a special counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets (TM) Office of Chief Counsel.  From 2008 to 2010, he served as a counsel to the TM Director.  In this capacity, he advised the director on legal and policy issues, including the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.  Prior to joining the SEC in 2005, Michael was an associate at WilmerHale where he advised financial institutions on regulatory and enforcement matters.  He also served as a law clerk to Judge John M. Duhe, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He received his BS and MS in journalism from Northwestern University and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School.
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