Daniel Gallagher, a former commissioner with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission whose background includes stints in the financial services and pharmaceuticals industries, is returning to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a partner.
For the last two years Gallagher has been chief legal officer at Mylan, a leading generic drug maker. He plans to leave Mylan in April and to begin practicing out of Wilmer’s Washington, D.C., and New York offices after Labor Day, serving as deputy chair of the firm’s securities department.
“We’re thrilled to have Dan back at the firm,” said Robert Novick, Wilmer’s co-managing partner, in a statement announcing the move. “Dan is a superb lawyer who has had a distinguished career in the public and corporate sectors, and returns to the firm with a broad range of skills and experience.”
Gallagher has boomeranged back and forth from Wilmer several times. After law school at The Catholic University of America, he represented clients involved in SEC proceedings as an associate in the firm’s securities department. He left Wilmer in 2004 to join Fiserv Securities Inc. as senior vice president and general counsel, but later returned as counsel.
He became a staffer at the SEC in 2006, serving in the midst of the financial crisis in positions including as deputy director and co-acting director of the division of trading and markets from 2008 to 2010. Gallagher returned to Wilmer again in 2010 before joining the SEC as commissioner from 2011 to 2015.