The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has named Jonathan Marcus as its new general counsel, the agency announced Wednesday.
For the past two years Marcus has served as the deputy general counsel for litigation at the commission, which oversees futures and options markets. Marcus replaces Dan Berkovitz, who stepped down as general counsel in March.
During his tenure Berkovitz, who took on the role of general counsel in 2009, advised senior commission officials on the of the Dodd-Frank act.
Before joining the CFTC, Marcus was of counsel at Covington & Burling in its Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice. Prior to that he was assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Justice Department, between 2004 and 2007, and argued five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Jonathan Marcus is an excellent attorney whose insightful legal analysis will be an asset to the Commission as General Counsel," chairman Gary Gensler said in a written statement. Marcus was not immediately available to comment.
Marcus’s father is Daniel Marcus, a former associate attorney general at the Justice Department during the Clinton administration. Daniel Marcus is a professor at the American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches constitutional and national security law, among other areas.