Yesterday, Allison Herren Lee was officially sworn in as an SEC Commissioner. Lee was nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the US Senate in June. Lee fills a term that expires on June 5, 2022.
SEC Chairman Jay Clayton commented on Lee joining the Commission:
“Allison’s expertise in securities law, including from her prior tenure at the Commission, will be invaluable to our efforts to advance the interests of investors and our markets. Many of Allison’s former – and as of Monday, current – colleagues have expressed to me their support for Allison’s return. On behalf of all of my colleagues, Commissioners and staff alike, I am pleased to welcome her back.”
Lee said she was honored to return to the SEC.
Commissioner Lee has over two decades of experience as a securities law practitioner. Lee served for over a decade in various roles at the SEC, including as counsel to Commissioner Kara Stein, and as Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit.
Commissioner Lee has also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, was a member of the American Bar Association’s former Committee on Public Company Disclosure, and participated on a USAID project in Armenia, assisting in the drafting of periodic reporting and disclosure provisions for a comprehensive law of the Republic of Armenia on Securities Market Regulation.
Previously, Commissioner Lee was a partner at Sherman & Howard LLC, focusing on securities, antitrust, and commercial litigation.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law, where she was salutatorian, a Chancellor’s Scholar, and served on the Law Review.