Brian G. Cartwright
PLF Board of Trustees
Starting in 2012, Brian G. Cartwright will be a Visiting Scholar at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and a Senior Advisor to Patomak Partners LLC, a financial services consultancy. From 2009 through 2011, Mr. Cartwright was a Senior Advisor to Latham & Watkins LLP and, from 2006 to 2009, he served as the 23rd General Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, following a 23-year career at Latham & Watkins. As SEC General Counsel, he was responsible for advising the Commission on all matters brought before it, including all enforcement actions and all rulemakings. Mr. Cartwright also supervised all cases litigated by the SEC in the United States Courts of Appeals and advised on all adjudications appealed to the Commission. During his service at the SEC, Mr. Cartwright was a senior advisor to the Chairman and other Commissioners and helped shape the Commission’s major policy and regulatory initiatives.
Mr. Cartwright began his legal career in 1980 after earning a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review and winner of the Sears Prize. He served as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then as a law clerk to Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court. He joined Latham & Watkins as an associate from 1982 to 1987 and became a partner in January 1988. During his time at Latham & Watkins, he served as Global Chair of the firm’s Public Company Representation Practice Group and as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, among other management positions.
Mr. Cartwright’s previous career was as an astrophysicist. Following his graduation from Yale University in 1967, he earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1971. From 1973 to 1977 he was a Research Physicist at the Department of Physics and Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley. During this time, he published numerous articles in scholarly journals in his field of high energy particle astrophysics.
Mr. Cartwright resides in Los Angeles with his wife Jean. They have three grown sons. Recently, Mr. Cartwright was a technical advisor on the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to the award-winning Wall Street.