Elizabeth L. Ritter
Partner, DLA Piper LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., Pennsylvania State; J.D., George Washington
Elizabeth Ritter’s career in the federal regulation of derivatives at the Commodities Futures Trading Commission spanned more than 25 years. At the CFTC, she...Continue Reading
Elizabeth Ritter’s career in the federal regulation of derivatives at the Commodities Futures Trading Commission spanned more than 25 years. At the CFTC, she was formerly chief of staff and senior legal counsel to then-Commissioner Bart Chilton and served as counsel for other commissioners, including the former chairman of the CFTC, meeting regularly with key industry participants and decision makers.
As a partner in DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities group, she focuses on advising market participants that are subject to myriad evolving domestic and cross-border financial regulatory issues.
In addition to her work at the CFTC, Ms. Ritter was seconded as Senior Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture during drafting of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – the most significant overhaul of the capital markets in over 80 years – and accordingly was one of the key participants in the negotiation and drafting of its derivatives provisions. She has extensive first-hand knowledge regarding the interpretation of new rules adopted as part of Dodd-Frank.
Elizabeth is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law School, teaching courses on regulation of derivatives and complex derivative transactions. She also has taught in the area of federal securities and derivatives regulation as an adjunct professor at the American University Washington School of Law, the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and the George Washington University National Law Center. She has written extensively on derivatives and securities regulation, including issues relating to the securitization of commodity transactions and trading facilities definitions under the Commodity Exchange Act.
Among her pro bono activities, Elizabeth has coordinated volunteer efforts contributing to The Children’s Law Center and served on the board of directors of All Saints All Day, Inc. child care services.
At the CFTC, she received numerous awards for superior performance.