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Dennis M. Kelleher

President and Chief Executive Officer of Better Markets, Inc.

Dennis M. Kelleher is the president and CEO of Better Markets, Inc., a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization that promotes the public interest in the U.S. and global financial markets. He joined Better Markets after three decades of experience in the public, private, political, charitable and non-profit sectors.

He has held several senior staff positions in the United States Senate, most recently as the chief sounsel and senior leadership advisor to the chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Previously, he was a deputy staff director and general counsel to a Senate Committee, as well as a legislative director for a senior member of the Senate.

Mr. Kelleher is an internationally sought expert on financial reform, financial markets, legal issues, and their intersection with political matters. He is a regular guest on ABC News, PBS, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business News, BBC, and NPR. He is often quoted in the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Roll Call, Politico, The Hill, Die Zeit, Le Monde and many others.

Mr. Kelleher was a litigation partner with the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he had a national and European practice specializing in the securities and financial markets as well as corporate conduct/misconduct.

These activities followed four years of active duty enlisted service in the Air Force as a crash/rescue firefighter/medic. He graduated with highest honors from Brandeis University and with honors Harvard Law School.

Articles by Dennis M. Kelleher

Wall Street: Wake Up, Step Up or Shut Up

Wall Street lost its bid to unseat President Obama. Now it should get onboard with sensible regulation and oversight.

November 8, 2012

Financial Reform With Real Teeth

What are the potential costs if Wall Street is successful in weakening the Dodd-Frank financial regulations?

October 26, 2012

The Economic Fallout of the U.S. Financial Crisis

Will the economic costs of the financial crisis limit the government's ability to deal with future crises?

September 10, 2012

Beyond LIBOR: Whiners on Wall Street

Are financial industry complaints about the alleged costs of regulation justified? Or does history prove they are without merit?

July 25, 2012

Beyond LIBOR: Derivatives as WMD on the American People

Why should derivatives be moved out of the dark of over-the-counter markets into the brighter light of exchanges?

July 24, 2012