Washington (Aug. 31, 2004) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has named Mark A. Adler Deputy as chief litigation counsel of the commission's Division of Enforcement.

As deputy chief litigation counsel, Adler will assist in supervising the division's nationwide litigation program. He succeeds Peter H. Bresnan, who was named an associate director of the Division of Enforcement in April.

As an assistant chief litigation counsel since 1997, Adler has served as the SEC's lead trial counsel in a variety of complex securities actions. Before joining the SEC, he spent nine years with the Department of Justice, where he prosecuted major white collar criminal cases. From 1981 to 1987, he handled civil litigation and other general commercial matters in private practice in New York City.

"I am very pleased that Mark will be helping to lead our litigation program, which has expanded significantly over the last few years," SEC director of enforcement Stephen M. Cutler said. "Mark is a brilliant trial lawyer with a deep commitment to enforcing the securities laws and protecting the nation's investors. The division and the commission will benefit greatly from his judgment, integrity and extensive knowledge of the federal securities laws."

-- WebCPA staff

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