Ari Gabinet

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
Research Interests Law Enforcement & Policing


Ari Gabinet has spent more than 30 years in the securities law field as a trial lawyer, senior securities regulator with the SEC, and financial services general counsel. After twenty years with major international law firms, from 2002 to 2005, Gabinet was the head of the SEC’s Philadelphia office, managing a staff of more than 100 lawyers and finance professionals running the Commission’s enforcement and regulatory examination program in the mid-Atlantic region. After leaving the SEC, he spent five years in Vanguard’s legal department, where he was responsible for the areas of securities regulation, broker-dealer, tax, international, and litigation. From 2010 through 2015, he was general counsel of Oppenheimer Funds, overseeing the legal, compliance, and internal audit functions. He has been a frequent speaker on issues of securities regulation, leadership and management, and innovation in legal department operations.


IAPA1700M (Law and Public Policy)

IAPA 1804D (Legal Methods for Public Policy)

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Building on more than 30 years of experience as general counsel for leading global financial institutions and as a regulator in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Ari Gabinet is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute and a legal expert in residence at Brown University. Watson recently spoke with Gabinet about his career and his experience teaching Brown students.
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