Christopher Cox, the former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2005-09), has extraordinarily broad professional experience in the fields of business, taxation, finance, and securities law. While earning a law degree from Harvard Law School and editing the Harvard Law Review, he simultaneously earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Then, following a judicial clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, he joined the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. On his way to becoming a partner, Cox took a leave of absence to teach federal income tax at Harvard Business School. Later, as a partner at Latham, he became a member of the firm's national management and the head of the Corporate Department in Orange County, California.
During his time at Latham & Watkins, Christopher Cox co-founded Context Corporation, which produced daily translations of the Soviet Union's largest-circulating daily newspaper, Pravda. The company, which had no connection to the Soviet Union, sold its English language replicas to universities, government agencies, and customers in 26 countries.
In 1986, Christopher Cox left Latham to work in the White House, where he was senior associate counsel to President Ronald Reagan. In that role, Cox played a key role in proposing reforms to the federal budget process and in the President's response to the 1987 stock market crash and the establishment of the Brady Commission.
Following his White House service, Christopher Cox was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from southern California. He served in Congress for 17 years, 10 of those as a member of the House Majority Leadership, and chaired four congressional committees. Today, Cox is a partner in the international law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he advises companies on a wide range of strategic and corporate governance issues. He also serves as President of Bingham Consulting LLC, the firm's worldwide consulting business, focused on multijurisdictional matters at the intersection of law, business, and public policy.