Meredith Cross is a partner in the Transactional and Securities Departments, and a member of the Corporate Practice and Strategic Response Group in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Ms. Cross advises public companies and their boards on disclosure and other corporate finance securities law and corporate governance matters, including SEC enforcement matters involving corporate finance issues. Ms. Cross rejoined the firm in 2013, after having served as Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC since 2009.
While serving as the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC, Ms. Cross led the Division's efforts to implement both the Dodd-Frank Act and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. Under her leadership, the Division recommended close to 60 rulemaking releases to the Commission. Ms. Cross testified before Congress numerous times on a broad range of issues including corporate governance, capital formation, risk retention in asset-backed securities offerings, executive compensation oversight, and agency management and budget.
Before first joining WilmerHale in 1998, Ms. Cross served in a variety of positions in the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC from 1990 to 1998, including Deputy Director, Associate Director (International and Small Business) and Chief Counsel. Prior to first joining the SEC staff, she was an associate and counsel at King & Spalding in Atlanta from 1983-1990. She clerked for Judge Albert J. Henderson of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1982-1983).
Ms. Cross currently serves as Chair of the Securities Regulation Institute and as Co-Chair of the Practicing Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation. She is a frequent speaker at securities and corporate governance law conferences. She is a member of the Securities Institute Advisory Committee, a Fellow in the American College of Governance Counsel, and previously served as a member of the ABA Corporate Laws Committee. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.
JD, Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1982, Order of the Coif, Vanderbilt Law Review
BA, cum laude, Duke University, 1979
Honors & Awards
Recognized for her exceptional securities practice in the 2006-2009 and 2014-2018 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2005-2019 editions of Best Lawyers in America for securities and capital markets law. Named by Best Lawyers as Washington DC Securities/Capital Markets "Lawyer of the Year" in 2017.
Recipient of the 2014 Linda Quinn Lifetime Achievement Award by TheCorporateCounsel.net
Named to the NACD Directorship 100, A Who's Who of the American Corporate Governance Community, in 2010
Recognized as a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer in 2003
Mike Hermsen has an extensive practice that focuses on securities matters. He represents issuers, investment banking firms and security holders in connection with issuances of equity and debt securities. Mike also represents corporate clients in connection with compliance, reporting and stock exchange matters and counsels companies, boards of directors and management on, among other matters, stock repurchases, liability management, executive compensation reporting and corporate governance matters.
Before Mike joined Mayer Brown in 1994, he had extensive experience with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. In the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance he served as Assistant Director (1992-1994), Special Counsel (1990-1992) and Attorney/Advisor (1986-1990). He also has accounting and audit experience with a then-Fortune 500 manufacturing corporation.
Mike has been included in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation for over a decade and Legal 500 recommends Mike in “Capital Markets – Equity Offerings” noting Mike has “unsurpassed knowledge of SEC rules.” In addition, Mike is frequently cited in the media regarding new regulatory initiatives.
University of Wisconsin Law School, JD, 1986.
Marquette University, MBA, 1982, BS, 1980.
Mary Mullany is a partner in the Business and Finance Department of Ballard Spahr LLP, located in the firm’s Philadelphia office. She is a member of the Securities, mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity, Health Care, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation and Life Sciences/Technology practice groups of Ballard Spahr.
Ms. Mullany concentrates her practice in the areas of securities disclosure, executive compensation (equity and cash-based), mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing (public and private), corporate governance, health care law, general corporate law, and business counseling. Her client base includes public and private companies in a variety of industries, including health care, life science/biotech, technology, manufacturing and utilities. She also represents start-up entities in health care. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Mullany was a registered nurse with experience in critical care and risk management. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, her Master in Nursing Administration from Widener University and her J.D. from Villanova University.
William Tolbert is Co-Chair of the Firm's Securities Practice and a member of the Firm's Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Practices. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, he worked for the SEC, most recently as Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance. His responsibilities included setting policy and resolving issues on disclosure matters on registration statements, proxy statements, periodic reports and requests for confidential treatment for all public companies. During his 15-year tenure at the SEC, Mr. Tolbert received the Byron Woodside Award for excellence in the area of disclosure and the Supervisory Excellence Award.
Mr. Tolbert has been identified by Chambers USA as one of the country's leading attorneys in Securities/Regulation/Advisory law. Best Lawyers in America has also recognized him for his work in Securities/Capital Markets Law. A frequent writer and speaker on securities issues, Mr. Tolbert was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a past Vice Chair of the ABA Subcommittee on Proxy Statements and Business Combinations.