Mr. Ceresney is the Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, which has more than 1,300 people throughout the country focused on enforcing the federal securities law. He joined the SEC in April 2013.
Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Ceresney served as a partner in the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he was co-chair of the White Collar Group and focused on representing entities and individuals in white collar criminal and SEC investigations, complex civil litigation and internal corporate investigations.
Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Ceresney served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was a Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney and a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and the Major Crimes Unit. As a prosecutor, Mr. Ceresney handled numerous white collar criminal investigations, trial and appeals, including matters relating to securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, and money laundering.
Mr. Ceresney served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs, Chief Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1997 to 1998. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael Mukasey, formerly Chief Judge of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1996 to 1997.
Mr. Ceresney is a graduate of Columbia College and Yale Law School.