Jay Clayton and Jeff Wall to Rejoin Sullivan & CromwellFebruary 18, 2021
NEW YORK – Sullivan & Cromwell LLP announced today that Jay Clayton, Chairman of the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from May 2017 through December 2020, will be
returning to the Firm, resident in the Firm's New York office, as Senior Policy Advisor and of
counsel. Mr. Clayton will also return to his role as an Adjunct Professor at the University of
Pennsylvania Carey Law School and has been appointed as Lead Independent Director of
Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE:APO).
“Over our 142-year history, Sullivan & Cromwell has been deeply involved in the development,
analysis and implementation of financial policy and regulation,” said Joseph C. Shenker, Chair
of Sullivan & Cromwell. “We are delighted to welcome Jay back to the Firm as we continue to
focus on continued growth of our global capital markets."
Mr. Clayton, who spent his entire private sector career at the Firm before joining the SEC,
added that "Economic policy, and in particular the structure, function and regulation of our
domestic and international capital markets, has been an academic and professional passion of
mine for over three decades. I look forward to returning to Sullivan & Cromwell and participating
in the Firm's continuing contributions to our ever-changing capital markets."
Mr. Shenker also announced that Jeff Wall, former acting Solicitor General of the United States,
will rejoin the Firm's Washington, D.C. office, where he had been a partner and co-head of its
Appellate Practice prior to rejoining the Solicitor General's Office in March 2017. Before first
joining Sullivan & Cromwell in 2013, Mr. Wall served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in
the U.S. Department of Justice for five years from 2008 to 2013. Mr. Wall has argued 30 cases
before the Supreme Court as well as numerous appeals before federal and state appellate
“Jeff is widely recognized as one of the country's leading Supreme Court and appellate
advocates," said Mr. Shenker. “His appellate experience will be invaluable to our clients, and will
complement our litigation, regulatory and criminal defense practices. We are delighted to
welcome him home.”
“I am very happy to be rejoining my Sullivan & Cromwell colleagues,” said Mr. Wall. “The firm
pairs a world-class litigation practice with a collaborative culture. I can't imagine a better place to
help clients solve difficult problems and navigate regulatory issues.”
Mr. Clayton is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law, University of
Cambridge (Economics) and University of Pennsylvania (B.S. Engineering). During his tenure at
the SEC, Mr. Clayton was a member of the Financial Stability Board, the International
Organization of Securities Commissions, the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the
President's Working Group on Financial Markets. An overview of the work of the SEC during Mr.
Clayton's tenure can be found here: https://www.sec.gov/selected-sec-accomplishments-may-
Mr. Wall is a graduate of University of Chicago School of Law and Georgetown University (B.A.
Philosophy) and was a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the
United States and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth
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