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Thomas L. Riesenberg

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Director of Legal Policy and Outreach
San Francisco, CA, USA


Mr. Riesenberg is the Director of Legal Policy and Outreach at SASB. He is the former Deputy General Counsel of Ernst & Young LLP responsible for regulatory matters, primarily involving the SEC and the PCAOB. Mr. Riesenberg worked at EY for more than 20 years. Previously he served for seven years as an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he primarily handled courts of appeals and Supreme Court litigation and was the recipient of the Manuel F. Cohen Outstanding Younger Attorney Award. He also worked as a law clerk for a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., as a litigator on environmental matters at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an associate at a major Washington, D.C. law firm.

Mr. Riesenberg graduated from the New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and a Root-Tilden Scholar, and received a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a former chair of the Law and Accounting Committee of the American Bar Association, former president of the Association of SEC Alumni, and a current member of the Advisory Board of the BNA Securities Regulation and Law Report. For seven years he was an adjunct professor of securities law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the D.C. Jewish Community Relations Council, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, and the Washington Tennis Education Foundation. Mr. Riesenberg’s position with SASB is funded through an arrangement with Ernst & Young.

Thomas L. Riesenberg is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Sustainability and Liability Risk (February 19, 2018) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Sixteenth Annual), Thursday, November 29, 2018
Legal Roundtable on Emerging Issues Related to Sustainability Disclosure (November 2017) - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Sixteenth Annual), Thursday, November 29, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment The Growing Importance of ESG – Where Does It Fit In, and What Is the Board’s Role? - Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Sixteenth Annual) 2018, Thursday, December 06, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Sixteenth Annual) 2018, Thursday, December 06, 2018, New York, NY
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The Growing Importance of ESG – Where Does It Fit In, and What Is the Board’s Role? - The Growing Importance of ESG – Where Does It Fit In, and What Is the Board’s Role?, Thursday, December 06, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The Growing Importance of ESG – Where Does It Fit In, and What Is the Board’s Role? - The Growing Importance of ESG – Where Does It Fit In, and What Is the Board’s Role?, Thursday, December 06, 2018
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