Brent E. Newton is of counsel with Gerger, Khalil, Hennessy, and McFarlane, where he practices white-collar defense. He was the deputy staff director of the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C., from 2009-2019. Before working with the Commission, he practiced criminal defense for nearly two decades. After graduating from Columbia University School of Law, he represented numerous death row inmates in Texas and Florida. Thereafter, he was an assistant federal public defender in Houston, Texas, where he handled both trials and appeals, including arguing a case before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2008. While serving as a public defender, he also taught over two dozen courses as an adjunct professor of law and visiting professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. He is the author of three books on criminal law and procedure. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2010.