Russ Ryan is partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm King & Spalding LLP, where he represents clients in investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and other regulators. Before joining King & Spalding in 2004, Russ served for ten years in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, including his last three years as Assistant Director. From 2015 through 2018 he also served as Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief of Enforcement at FINRA.
Russ earned his undergraduate degree at Boston College and his law degree at St. John’s University School of Law. He is a prolific writer and conference speaker on topics relevant to securities regulation and enforcement, and he previously taught a course in this subject area at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia School of Law. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the SEC Historical Society, and he authors a monthly column on LinkedIn called On SECond Thought…, which offers unconventional perspectives on issues and developments in the area of securities enforcement.