B.S., Boston College; J.D., University of Notre Dame
Professor Buffa is the Assistant Chief of the Office of Cooperative Enforcement at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), where his practice focuses on implementation of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”), particularly federal regulation of derivative transactions, and conducting various aspects of federal court litigation.
Professor Buffa works in the CFTC’s Office of Cooperative Enforcement (“OCE”), which serves as the primary liaison to our federal and state partners and provides assistance to criminal and civil authorities in investigating and prosecuting commodities law violators. He also actively litigates civil enforcement actions.
Professor Buffa previously served as Special Counsel and Policy Advisor to former CFTC Commissioner Scott D. O’Malia where he advised the Commissioner on the implementation and promulgation of regulations pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act. He co-authored the CFTC-SEC Joint Study on Algorithmic Descriptions for Complex and Standardized Financial Derivatives and served on the CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee. Professor Buffa has lectured numerous times at the FBI Forensic Accountant Core Training Program and is a regular speaker, panelist, and roundtable participant at conferences sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, Department of Treasury, Securities and Exchange Commission, North American Securities Administrators Association, and private forums.
Professor Buffa was the CFTC’s responsible attorney on the $7 billion fraud case: CFTC v. Walsh (WG Trading). He is the CFTC’s responsible attorney on the $185 million fraud case: CFTC v. TMTE (Metals.com). This case involves the CFTC and 30 state regulators stopping a massive fraudulent scheme targeting elderly persons nationwide. It is the largest joint filing between CFTC and state regulators in history.
Prior to joining the CFTC, Professor Buffa served in the counsel’s office of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign and was a whip to the Republican National Committee’s Rules Committee and the New Jersey delegation at the Republican National Convention. He was also an attorney at three major national and international law firms prior to joining the CFTC.
Professor Buffa is active in the local community. He is the President of the Eudora Civic Association. Also, he is the longtime President of the Beekman Place Condominium Association and was formerly a member of the Parish Pastoral Council (Board of Directors) of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in DC. He served as an elected Commissioner on the District of Columbia’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 1C-08) for the Adams Morgan neighborhood. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society’s Financial Services and Electronic Commerce Practice Group.