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 George Borden

George Borden has broad experience in a wide range of civil, criminal, and appellate litigation, with a particular focus on securities, corporate governance and intellectual property. George has defended corporations, professional firms, and individuals in class actions under the securities laws; litigated shareholder derivative suits in numerous jurisdictions; and represented clients in SEC enforcement proceedings. George's intellectual property work includes the representation of major corporations in patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He is an adjunct professor of securities litigation at George Washington University Law School and Catholic University Columbus School of Law.


Jack W. Murphy provides legal advice to registered mutual funds, closed-end funds and investment advisers in connection with all aspects of their operations. Formerly a member of the the firm'spolicy committee, he came to Dechert from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he served as Associate Director and Chief Counsel of the Division of Investment Management from 1994 until 1997. In this role, he supervised the office primarily responsible for interpreting and establishing the Division’s positions under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Mr. Murphy began his career with the Division of Investment Management in 1985. He left the SEC in 1988 for private practice in New York City, after which he served for a three-year period beginning in 1991 as associate general counsel of PaineWebber/Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management, Inc. in New York. Since 2005, Mr. Murphy has been designated as one of a handful of leading lawyers for investment management by Chambers USA. In its most recent edition, Chambers notes that he “is able to provide comprehensive guidance to mutual funds and investment advisers, drawing upon valuable experience from his tenure at the SEC.” Past editions have described him as a “first-rate lawyer” and “a walking encyclopedia on regulatory and operational matters.” They have also stated that he is hailed as “one of the best in the business,” “very, very good on issues of regulatory interpretation” and commented on his “comprehensive experience and ability to work on cutting-edge issues.” Mr. Murphy has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of mutual funds law since 2006, and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year for Washington, D.C. He has also been recognized by The Legal 500 (US) in the area of mutual/registered funds.


 Jeffrey S. Puretz



  Michael Ryan


Mr. Brenner currently serves as Chief Counsel of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He previously was a Partner and Vice-Chair of the Securities Department at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, D.C. In private practice, his focus was on securities enforcement and related civil and criminal investigations and litigation. Mr. Brenner received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1979, his J.D. degree from Georgetown University in 1982, and served as the Managing Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.





Greg Faragasso taught at CUA for 14 years. He remains in close contact with the School and the students. He has been in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement since 1991. During his tenure with the SEC, he has been responsible for numerous significant cases across a broad range of areas, including financial fraud, offering fraud, insider trading, prime bank, disclosure, manipulation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Ponzi scheme, auditor independence, broker-dealer, transfer agent and delinquent filing.    



William J. Kotapish Assistant Director, Office of Insurance Products U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Teaches Securities Regulation: Mutual Funds and Investment Advisers Act 



Mark Ruddy, an alumnus and adjunct professor to the securities program, is founder of a boutique law firm catering to commodity traders and other participants in the financial derivatives markets.






 John Arnholz



Patrick J. McCarty


David A. Vaughan