Brian Cartwright

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Brian Cartwright
Born 1948
Occupation lawyer and former astrophysicist
Known for SEC General Counsel 2006 - 2009[1]

Brian G. Cartwright (born 1948) is a senior lawyer and former astrophysicist. From 2006 he was General Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission of the USA.[2]


On January 3, 2006 the SEC Commission Chair Christopher Cox officially appointed ex-Latham & Watkins partner Brian G. Cartwright as its top lawyer, replacing Giovanni Prezioso.

Mr. Cartwright holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review and winner of the Sears Prize, given every year to the first and second-year students with the highest grade point averages. He served as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor from 1981 to 1982.

Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Cartwright was an astrophysicist graduating from Yale University, he earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago and worked as a research physicist at the University of California at Berkeley’s space sciences laboratory. He published numerous articles in scholarly journals including the Astrophysical Journal.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Brian Cartwright is married with three grown sons[5]


  1. ^ Qualters, Sheri (January 26, 2009). "SEC Taps Deputy GC as Acting GC". National Law Journal. 
  2. ^ "SEC press release". Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  3. ^ Brian G. Cartwright, "The Origin of Fluorine, Sodium and Aluminum in the Galactic Cosmic Radiation", Astrophys. J., 169, 299, 1971.
  4. ^ "Law Blog Recommendation". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Copy of LA Times article". 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
Preceded by
Giovanni Prezioso
SEC General Counsel
Succeeded by
Andy Vollmer (acting)