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 focused her practice on 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) and later received the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation's Profile in Courage Award in recognition of her public service in that capacity. From 2009 to 2011 she served as a commissioner on the US Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which issued its report on the causes of the 2007-2008 financial crisis in January 2011.

Ms. Born is a founder of the ABA Women's Caucus and was a long-time chair of the board of the National Women's Law Center. She has served on the Boards of Governors of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Foundation, and the District of Columbia Bar. She has taught "Women and the Law" at Georgetown Law Center and the Columbus School of Law of Catholic University of America.


  • JD, Stanford Law School, 1964
  • AB, Stanford University, 1961
  • District of Columbia
Government & Military Service
  • Chair, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

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