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Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1995.

Harvard Law Review. 1993–1995; Publishing Editor, 1994–1995. International Law Journal. Staff, 1992–1993.

Harvard College, A.B. in computer science, summa cum laude, 1992.
Phi Beta Kappa.

Associate Professor, Tulane Law School, 2003–present.

Recipient, Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award (2007)

Courses taught:

  • Business Enterprises I
  • Business Enterprises II
  • Securities Regulation
  • Corporate Finance

University Service:

  • Member, Senate Budget Review Committee (2004–2007)
Law School Service:
  • Academic Affairs Committee (2004–present)
  • Strategic Planning Committee (2005–2006)
  • International Programs Committee (2003–2004)

Visiting Professor of Law, American University of Armenia, Fall 2000.

Conducted a course in securities regulation and finance in the University’s LL.M./M.C.L.S. program.


Visiting Fellow, Securities and Exchange Commission, Summer 2005.

Assisted the Division of Market Regulation in rulemaking and policy initiatives with respect to execution quality disclosures for publicly traded options, regulation of exchange-traded funds on commodities, and trade reporting issues related to Nasdaq’s application for exchange registration.

Attorney Fellow, Securities and Exchange Commission, 2001–2003.

Assisted the Division of Market Regulation with respect to the implementation of margin regulations and other rulemaking required by the Commodity Futures Modernization Act’s authorization of trading in security futures products; rulemaking and policy initiatives regarding the national market system; and various projects relating to derivatives regulation.

Associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, 1996–2001.

Advised clients on U.S. securities law issues concerning regulation of broker-dealers, exchanges, alternative trading systems, and cross-border transactions. Prepared amicus briefs, requests for no-action relief, and comment letters on securities regulatory issues.

Assisted in revising standard trade association master agreements for securities financing transactions. Documented securities financing, derivatives and structured finance transactions.

Clerkship: Hon. J. Edward Lumbard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1995–1996.
Bar: New York, Maryland (inactive), and District of Columbia.
Languages: Armenian (native), French (proficient), and Russian (rudimentary).
Activities: Arbitrator, FINRA Roster of Neutrals (admitted April 2005).
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