Richard Y. Roberts

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Mr. Roberts is a principal at Roberts, Raheb, & Gradler, LLC, a regulatory/legislative consulting firm that he co-founded in February 2006. He provides strategic advice and targeted lobbying services for Fortune 500 and small business financial services clients. Mr. Roberts facilitates communication and engagement between clients and federal agencies and with the Congress. He focuses a substantial amount of his time on regulatory policy initiatives at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Roberts served as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and has been involved in, written about, or testified on a wide range of subjects affecting the capital markets. Since leaving the Commission, Mr. Roberts has been a frequent media commentator and writer on public policy issues affecting securities, and has assisted the governments of Romania and Ukraine in developing a securities market. From 1987 to 1990, he was the Chief of Staff for Senator Richard Shelby.

Mr. Roberts is a member of the Advisory Board of Securities Regulation & Law Reports and sits on the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, as well as the Editorial Board of the Municipal Finance Journal. Mr. Roberts served as a member of the NASD's District 10 Regional Consultative Committee from 2002 to 2004. From 1999 to 2001, he served as a member of the Market Regulation Advisory Board of the NASD; and from 1996 to 1998 he served as a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the NASD. Mr. Roberts most recently worked as a partner in the law firm of Thelen, Reid, & Priest.

Mr. Roberts earned a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, and an LL.M. from the George Washington University Law Center. He is a member of the District of Columbia and the State of Alabama Bar Associations.