Bret Ladine was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom as General Counsel at the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation in 2020 after serving as Assistant General Counsel and in other acting capacities since 2016. He provides legal and strategic advice related to the state’s regulation of financial institutions, financial services, and securities, with a focus on emerging policy issues, and played a lead role in shaping the California Consumer Financial Protection Law. Previously, Ladine was a securities litigator and investigations attorney at Hogan Lovells and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was the communications director for Congressman Dennis Cardoza of California and reported for the Boston Globe and Times-Picayune. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and B.A. from Yale University.