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Richard H. Walker

Richard H. Walker

King & Spalding

New York, NY, USA


Richard H. Walker is a member of King & Spalding, specializing in crisis management, cross-border government investigations and complex financial litigation, litigation assessment, corporate governance and compliance issues.

Mr. Walker retired from Deutsche Bank in 2016 after over 14 years, during which time he served in the roles of Vice Chairman, General Counsel and a member of the Group Executive Committee at different times.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Walker served as the Director of the Division of Enforcement of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission from April 1998 to September 2001.  For over two years prior to his appointment to that position, Mr. Walker served as the Commission’s General Counsel.  He is the only person in the agency’s history to have served in both of these senior roles.  Prior to his appointment as General Counsel, Mr. Walker was the Regional Director of the Commission’s Northeast Regional Office from 1991 through 1995.

Mr. Walker was awarded the Presidential Rank Distinguished Service Award in 1997 -- the highest federal award for government service.  He also received the Commission’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence under both Chairman Levitt in 2000 and Chairman Breeden in 1992.  In 1997, he was awarded the Commission’s Law and Policy Award in recognition of his participation in the government’s victory in U.S. v. O’Hagan, in which the United States Supreme Court upheld the misappropriation theory of insider trading.

Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Walker spent 15 years in the New York office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he was a litigation partner specializing in corporate, securities, and commercial litigation.  From 1975 to 1976, Mr. Walker served as law clerk to the Honorable Collins J. Seitz, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Mr. Walker is a 1972 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity College.  In 1975, he was awarded his J.D. degree, cum laude, by Temple Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Temple Law Quarterly.

Mr. Walker is a Trustee Emeritus of The American Folk Art Museum, former Co-Chair of The American Friends of Bucerius and a member of the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Partnership.  He previously was a member of the Board of Directors of MBIA, Inc. (2006-2008) and served on the NYSE Legal Advisory Committee (2001-2005).  He is also a member of Temple University Beasley School of Law Board of Visitors and served as a member of Trinity College Board of Fellows.

Mr. Walker is a frequent lecturer on banking, securities and corporate governance topics and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he is co-teaching a course in crisis management in the 2017 Fall semester.

Richard H. Walker is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The Holder Report on Uber’s Workplace Culture - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Independent Directors of the Board of Wells Fargo & Company, Sales Practices Investigation Report (April 10, 2017) - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Roundtable: What’s Keeping In-House Counsel Up at Night? - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Roundtable: What’s Keeping In-House Counsel Up at Night? - Roundtable: What’s Keeping In-House Counsel Up at Night?, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Roundtable: What’s Keeping In-House Counsel Up at Night? - Roundtable: What’s Keeping In-House Counsel Up at Night?, Monday, November 13, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, Columbus, OH
Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
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