Former SEC Chair Mary Jo White returns to Debevoise

Mary Jo White, the former chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, is rejoining her old law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. There she will serve as senior chair of the firm.

White’s tenure at the SEC was from April 2013 to January 2017.

Prior to joining the SEC, White was chair of Debevoise’s litigation department from 2002 to 2013. Before working at Debevoise, White was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, a post she held for nearly nine years.

According to Debevoise, White will focus on advising boards of directors and representing clients on “significant and sensitive matters,” which include companies under government investigations.

Other highlights of White’s career include serving as the chair of Attorney General Janet Reno’s advisory committee of United States attorneys and the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Acting U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York from 1990 to 1993.

White’s appointment follows previously reported news that Andrew J. Ceresney will also rejoin Debevoise after working under White as director of the division of enforcement at the SEC.

Photo: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White is interviewed at the Reuters Financial Regulation Summit in Washington, D.C., May 17, 2016. Photo courtesy Reuters/Gary Cameron