Daniel M. Gallagher

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Daniel M. Gallagher
Securities and Exchange Commission
In office
November 7, 2011 – October 2, 2015
Personal details
Alma mater
Profession Attorney

Daniel M. Gallagher is President of Patomak Global Partners, LLC.[1] He served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from November 7, 2011 to October 2, 2015. Gallagher was appointed to the SEC by President Barack Obama.[2][3]


Gallagher graduated from Georgetown University (BA; English), and the law school at the Catholic University of America (JD, magna cum laude, law review).[2]

Early career[edit]

Gallagher was General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Fiserv Securities, Inc.[2][4][5]

In January 2006, he began at the SEC as counsel to SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins, and later as a counsel to SEC Chairman Christopher Cox.[2] He joined the SEC's Division of Trading and Markets as a Deputy Director in 2008, and was Co-Acting Director of the Trading and Markets Division from April 2009 to January 2010.[2][5] He then left the SEC to become a partner at WilmerHale.[2][4]


Gallagher became involved in a heated controversy at the end of 2014 when he co-authored, with former SEC commissioner Joseph Grundfest, an article asking whether Harvard University was in violation of federal securities laws. The article criticized Harvard's Shareholder Rights Project, which has in turn long criticized and sought to dismantle classified board structures in public corporations.


  1. ^ Ackerman, Andrew (2016-01-04). "Ex-SEC Official Gallagher Joins Regulatory Consultant". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "SEC Biography: Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher". Sec.gov. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Faculty Profile – Hon. Daniel M. Gallagher". Pli.edu. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Hamilton, Jesse (April 21, 2011). "White House Said to Nominate Daniel Gallagher as Casey’s Successor at SEC". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "SEC adds Daniel Gallagher to trading and markets team". Finextra. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 

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