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Daniel M. Gallagher

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Daniel M. Gallagher
Commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission
In office
November 7, 2011 – October 2, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
ChairwomanMary Schapiro
Mary Jo White
Preceded byKathleen L. Casey
Succeeded byJay Clayton
Personal details
Born (1972-05-31) May 31, 1972 (age 52)[1]
Political partyRepublican[1]
Alma mater

Daniel M. Gallagher, Jr. (born May 31, 1972) is an American lawyer in private practice who served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 2011 to 2015. Gallagher was appointed to the SEC by President Barack Obama.[2][3] He also previously served as the deputy director and co-acting director of the Division of Trading and Markets.


Gallagher graduated from Georgetown University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and went on to receive a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in 1998, where he was also a member of the law school's law review.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Gallagher began his career in the private sector when he joined Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (later WilmerHale) as an associate in the firm's Securities Department. His next position took him to Fiserv Securities Inc. to serve as the company's senior vice president and general counsel.[2][4][5]

In 2006, Gallagher transitioned to the government sector and joined the SEC as counsel to former SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins and later as counsel to former Chairman Christopher Cox,[2] working on matters involving the Division of Enforcement and the Division of Trading and Markets. In 2008, he became the deputy director of the Division of Trading and Markets and served as Division co-acting director from April 2009 through January 2010.[2][5] Gallagher was appointed by Barack Obama and served as an SEC Commissioner from November 2011 to October 2015

After his time with the SEC, Gallagher returned to the private sector and in 2016 became president of Patomak Global Partners, a financial services consulting firm. He changed jobs in 2017 and joined global pharmaceutical company Mylan N.V. as the chief legal officer.

Gallagher rejoined WilmerHale in September 2019 where he serves as deputy chair of the firm's Securities Department.[6] His practice includes advising corporate boards and management on the full range of legal and strategic issues they face, and counseling financial services and accounting firms in investigations, regulatory proceedings and policy matters.[7]

In May 2020, Robinhood announced that Gallagher would be joining the company as Chief Legal Officer.[8]

Professional affiliations[edit]

Gallagher serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD),[9] a leading membership organization for corporate board directors, and previously served on Robinhood's Board of Directors[10] before joining the company as its Chief Legal Officer.[11]

He was formerly a non-executive director of the Irish Stock Exchange.[12]

He is also on the advisory boards for the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania[13] and the Center for Corporate Governance, part of the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute in Drexel University's LeBow College of Business.[14]


  1. ^ a b Press, CQ (October 9, 2015). Federal Regulatory Directory. CQ Press. ISBN 9781483384795.
  2. ^ a b c d e "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. ^ 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. July 2, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Daniel Gallagher and Lucas Moskowitz Return to the WilmerHale Securities Group". www.wilmerhale.com. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Daniel Gallagher". www.wilmerhale.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2019. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Dan Gallagher, Robinhood Board Member and Former SEC Commissioner, Joins Robinhood as Chief Legal Officer". Under the Hood. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  9. ^ "NACD | Daniel Gallagher". www.nacdonline.org. June 13, 2024. Retrieved July 13, 2024.
  10. ^ "Robinhood Adds Ex-SEC Official to Board After Regulatory Issues". Bloomberg.com. October 7, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2024.
  11. ^ "Robinhood Hires Former SEC Commissioner Gallagher as Top Lawyer". news.bloomberglaw.com. Retrieved July 16, 2024.
  12. ^ "Irish Stock Exchange welcomes new Non-Executive Director Appointments,Ireland, news for Ireland, Appointments,Ireland,". www.businessworld.ie. Retrieved July 13, 2024.
  13. ^ "Daniel M. Gallagher". www.law.upenn.edu. Retrieved July 13, 2024.
  14. ^ "Gupta Governance Institute Advisory Board | Drexel University's LeBow College of Business". www.lebow.drexel.edu. Retrieved July 13, 2024.