Anne K. Small

Government Member

Anne K. Small is the General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Small comes to the SEC from the White House Counsel’s Office where she has been serving as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President since October 2011.  She has advised on legal policy questions with a focus on economic issues.  Small previously worked at the SEC as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Adjudication, helping to oversee enforcement matters, appellate cases, and adjudications.  She becomes the first woman to be named General Counsel of the SEC.

Before entering government, Small worked at WilmerHale LLP, where she was a partner in the firm’s litigation department.  She was involved in commercial and securities litigation, a broad range of civil and criminal matters, and trial and appellate work.

Small began her law career as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Justice Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court.  She received her J.D. in 2001 from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the Sears Prize and served as President of the Harvard Law Review.  She earned her B.A. from Yale University in 1996.