Martha Cochran is a retired partner whose practice included representation of 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. In addition, she represented numerous organizations in federal agency rulemakings, including rule proposals before the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal financial agencies. Ms. Cochran also designed and counseled clients on the implementation of compliance programs covering government ethics, lobbying, and federal election law and has represented 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).

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Florida College of Law, 1973
  • BS, University of Florida, 1970
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Maryland
Government and Military Service
  • Chief Counsel and Staff Director, US Senate Subcommittee on Securities of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Legislative Director and Senior Domestic Policy Advisor, Senator Christopher Dodd
  • Senior Finance Counsel, US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance
  • Attorney and Special Counsel, Division of Enforcement, US Securities and Exchange Commission
Activities
  • 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)

  • National Board Member, University of Florida Foundation

  • Member, Greater Washington, DC Advisory Council

  • Member, Tahirih Justice Center

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