Andre E. Owens


  • Chair, Broker-Dealer Compliance and Regulation Practice
  • Co-Chair, Securities and Financial Regulation Practice

Andre Owens’ practice focuses on securities trading and markets activities. He counsels broker-dealers, securities exchanges, investment advisers and other clients on a variety of regulatory issues under the rules of the SEC, FINRA and various securities exchanges, including Regulation NMS; Regulation ATS; short sale regulation; sales practice rules, automated trading and risk controls and order handling matters. Mr. Owens also provides advice with respect to acquisitions of securities broker-dealers and investment advisers.

Mr. Owens served as a member of the Counseling and Regulatory Policy Group of the SEC’s Office of General Counsel from 1992 to 1994, where he provided advice and recommendations on various proposals presented for Commission action, including proposed rulemaking actions, exemptive applications and enforcement matters. From 1994 to 1997, he served as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Steven M.H. Wallman and advised Commissioner Wallman on policy issues in the areas of market regulation and investment adviser activities, as well as on a variety of administrative law issues.

Professional Activities

Mr. Owens is a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association's Legal and Compliance Division and the National Association of Securities Professionals. He also taught a course entitled "The Regulation of Securities Professionals and the Securities Markets” at Georgetown University Law Center.


  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2022–2024 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for securities regulation 
  • Recognized as a leader in the financial services regulation: broker dealer field in the 2010–2023 editions of Chambers USA Guide

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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 1988

    • BS, Providence College, 1985

      summa cum laude
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Connecticut

  • Government Experience

    • Securities and Exchange Commission

      Office of the Chairman and Commissioners

      Counsel to the Commissioner
    • Securities and Exchange Commission

      Office of the General Counsel

      Senior Counsel



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