Former CFTC Deputy General Counsel Brad Berry Joins Baker Botts L.L.P.

New Partner Will Provide Counsel on Agency's Heightened Rulemaking Related to Dodd-Frank Act

Mar 24, 2011, 10:00 ET from Baker Botts

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Brad Berry, formerly Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), joined Baker Botts L.L.P. as a partner today. He is based in the firm's Washington office.

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Berry joins Baker Botts as the CFTC is rolling out its extensive rulemaking required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law by President Obama last summer. Berry was in charge of appellate litigation at the CFTC and supervised all appeals stemming from the agency's rulemaking and enforcement proceedings. He will help companies navigate compliance with the new requirements and respond to the increasing investigation and enforcement activities of the agency.

"Brad's experience further strengthens our existing CFTC practice," said Baker Botts Managing Partner Walt Smith. "His knowledge and work in this area will provide valuable counsel to our clients facing regulatory requirements of ever increasing complexity as the agency continues issuing the new rules required by the Dodd-Frank Act."

Jamie Baker, Partner in Charge of the firm's Washington office, said, "The new restrictions and reporting requirements on commodities hedging and trading activities, including particularly those pertaining to the energy and financial services sectors, are extensive and complex. Brad's expertise in this subject matter will bring real value to our clients' compliance efforts."

During his tenure at the CFTC, Berry received the agency's Chairman's Award for Distinguished Executive recognizing his "exceptional strategic leadership, direction and inspiration in furthering the vision" of the CFTC. Prior to joining the agency, Berry was a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr L.L.P. He was also previously a partner at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, L.L.P., which merged with Baker Botts in 2001.

Berry earned his law degree from Yale Law School and his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.

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