Martha Cochran is a partner in the firm's Legislative and Public Policy practice group, focusing on the representation of financial institutions, and asset managers before Congress and federal regulatory agencies. She has represented numerous public corporations, financial institutions, broker-dealers, insurance companies, asset managers, private funds, accounting firms, trade associations, and individuals on legislative matters and in oversight investigations before the US Senate and House of Representatives. She also has represented numerous organizations in federal agency rulemakings, including rule proposals before the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal financial agencies. Ms. Cochran also advises on government ethics, lobbying, and federal election law compliance, designs and counsels clients on the implementation of compliance programs; and represents clients before the Federal Election Commission.
Ms. Cochran served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the US Senate Subcommittee on Securities of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (1989-1994) and was Senator Christopher Dodd's Legislative Director and Senior Domestic Policy Adviser (1987-1989). She also served as Senior Finance Counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance of the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee (1981-1987). While working for Congress, Ms. Cochran directed legislative activities on a wide range of securities and banking issues, and directed and participated in the development of many legislative proposals that became public laws. Ms. Cochran also served as an attorney and special counsel in the Division of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission (1975-1981).
Public Policy and Legislative
The Best Lawyers in America 2006-2012 for Government Relations and Securities Regulation
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011-2012 for Government Relations
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2007-2011 for Securities & Corporate Finance and Government Relations
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2012 for Securities & Corporate Finance
Member, Executive Council, Securities Law Committee, Federal Bar Association
Member, Law Center Association Board of Trustees, University of Florida, Frederic G. Levin School of Law
Board Member and Past President, Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni
Former Chair, Subcommittee on SEC Administration, Budget and Legislation, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, American Bar Association
Former Member, Legal Advisory Board National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD) (1997-2001)