Brooksley Born is a retired partner of the firm, which she joined as an associate in 1965. She was the head of the firm's derivatives practice and represented domestic and international clients in legislative, litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters involving derivatives transactions and financial markets. Ms. Born also specialized in complex civil litigation and arbitration. She served on the firm's Policy Committee and chaired its Pro Bono Committee and Associates Evaluation Committee.
From 1996 to 1999 she was chair of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the federal government agency that oversees the futures and commodity option markets and futures professionals. While at the CFTC, Ms. Born served as a member of the President's Working Group on Financial Markets and the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions. From 2009 to February 2011 she served as a commissioner on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which issued its report on the causes of the financial crisis in January 2011.
Ms. Born is a 1964 graduate of Stanford Law School where she was president of the Stanford Law Review and received the Outstanding Senior Award. She served as law clerk to Judge Henry W. Edgerton of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She has served on the Boards of Governors of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Foundation, and the District of Columbia Bar. At the ABA, she has chaired the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, the Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, the Consortium on Legal Services and the Public, and the Council of the Fund for Justice and Education. Ms. Born is a founder of the ABA Women's Caucus and chairs the board of the National Women's Law Center. She has taught Women and the Law at Georgetown Law Center and the Columbus School of Law of Catholic University of America.
Philip Hart Public Service Award, Consumer Federation of America, 2012
Money Hero, Money Magazine, 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award, Euromoney, 2012
Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service, American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, 2012
Special Achievement Award, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, 2012
Public Service Award, National Association of Women Lawyers, 2011
Servant of Justice Award, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, 2011
Intelligence and Courage Award, Frances Perkins Center, 2010
Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, 2010
Outstanding Service Award, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2010
Washingtonian's "Top Lawyers" 2009: Named a "Pioneer of the Bar"
Recipient of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation's Profile in Courage Award "presented annually to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences" in 2009
Breaking Down Barriers Award, National Women’s Law Center, 2009
Pioneer of the Bar, Washington’s Top Lawyers, Washingtonian, 2009
Recognized as a "Champion" in Legal Times' list of "The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years" 2008
Recipient of The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award for her career-long leadership in private practice and public service 2005
Stars of the Bar Honoree, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia 2002
Woman of Genius Award, Trinity College 2000
Outstanding Public Interest Advocate of the Year, National Association of Public Interest Law 1994
Allies for Justice Award, National Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association 1993
Honoree, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 1992
Honoree, National Women’s Law Center, 1986
Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 1981