Conley, who joined the SEC in 2000, was previously senior special counsel in the appellate section of the GC’s office. In his new role, Conley will help oversee the SEC’s appellate and amicus curiae litigation.
The appellate group is largely responsible for arguing SEC enforcement cases that get appealed from the trial level, and it also litigates agency rulemakings and actions that get challenged in appellate courts.
In a statement, the SEC’s solicitor, Jacob Stillman, called Conley “a superb legal craftsman and appellate litigator.”
Prior to joining the commission, Conley was managing partner of the Washington office of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, which has since become Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
Earlier this month, SEC chairman Mary Schapiro appointed David Becker general counsel of the agency. Most recently a partner in the D.C. office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Becker previously held the GC job from 2000 to 2002. This time around, Becker also has the added title of senior policy director.