Stephen M. Cutler is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Steve advises companies, boards and senior executives on government and internal investigations, corporate governance and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, Steve was Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co., after serving as the company’s General Counsel for nine years, including during the financial crisis.
Steve was Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement during some of the most active years in the agency’s history. While at the SEC, he oversaw 1,100 employees and led the agency’s investigations of numerous high-profile financial reporting, broker-dealer and investment advisor matters.
Both before and immediately following his tenure at the SEC, Steve was a partner at an international law firm in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on government and internal investigations and market regulation.
Steve received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He served as a Law Clerk to Judge Dorothy Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Steve is admitted to practice in New York.
Steve currently serves on the boards of the Legal Action Center, the National Women’s Law Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He previously served on the board of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and, early in his career, was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Columbia Law School.
- Yale Law School, 1985 J.D.
- Editor, Yale Law Journal
- Yale University, B.A. 1982
- summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
- Board of Directors, Legal Action Center
- Board of Directors, National Women’s Law Center
- Board of Trustees, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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