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Daniel Gallagher

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Daniel Gallagher

Partner

  • Deputy Chair, Securities Department

Daniel Gallagher advises corporate boards and management on the full range of legal and strategic issues they face, and counsels financial services and accounting firms in investigations, regulatory proceedings and policy matters. Mr. Gallagher brings to his practice an unparalleled breadth of experience from having served not only in senior positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission but also as the chief legal officer of a global, S&P 500 corporation and general counsel of a broker-dealer.

Mr. Gallagher has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, navigating regulatory matters, financial markets, corporate legal affairs and governance, and fintech issues, including the regulatory and policy issues arising from new technology.

Mr. Gallagher previously served as the chief legal officer at Mylan N.V., a leading global pharmaceutical company; as the president of a financial services consulting firm; and as an SEC Commissioner. As an SEC Commissioner, Mr. Gallagher championed corporate governance reform, advocated for a comprehensive holistic review of equity market structural issues, and encouraged greatly improving the commission’s fixed income market expertise. 

Mr. Gallagher also served on SEC staff in various senior roles, including as the deputy director and co-acting director of the Division of Trading and Markets, where he was on the front lines of the agency’s response to the financial crisis, including representing the commission in the Lehman Brothers liquidation. He was also a counsel to former SEC Commissioner Paul Atkins and to former Chairman Christopher Cox, working on matters involving the Division of Enforcement and the Division of Trading and Markets.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Gallagher was the senior vice president and general counsel of a global provider of financial services technology, where he managed all legal and regulatory matters. He first joined WilmerHale in 1993 as an associate in the firm’s Securities Department. 

Professional Activities

Mr. Gallagher serves on the boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), a leading membership organization for corporate board directors; Symbiont, a blockchain technology company developing products in smart contracts and distributed ledgers for use in capital markets; and Robinhood, a commission-free investing app. He was formerly a non-executive director of the Irish Stock Exchange.

Mr. Gallagher is also on the advisory boards for the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Corporate Governance, part of the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute in Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. 

 

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1998

      magna cum laude Staff Member, Catholic University Law Review
      Vernon X. Miller Scholar
    • BA, Georgetown University, 1994

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

  • Government Experience

    • Securities and Exchange Commission

      Commissioner
    • Securities and Exchange Commission

      Division of Trading and Markets

      Acting Co-Director; Deputy Director

Credentials