Andrew L. Ridenour

Andrew L. Ridenour is Senior Counsel to the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In this role, Mr. Ridenour provides legal and policy advice to Chairman Heath Tarbert on a broad range of issues, including fintech innovations and market oversight.

Mr. Ridenour brings 14 years of experience in financial services law to his role. He was previously in-house counsel for institutional products at digital currency exchange Coinbase, Inc. Mr. Ridenour previously served at the CFTC for nine years, first as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Division of Enforcement and then as Special Counsel in the Division of Market Oversight (DMO). In the Enforcement Division, he helped established key precedents by prosecuting the first case of “spoofing” in electronic futures markets, the first case alleging violations of core principles by an exchange, and the CFTC’s first enforcement action in the digital asset context. In DMO, he was counsel on the team revising swap data reporting rules and helped drive DMO’s July 2017 “Roadmap” for swaps reporting revisions. During his time at Coinbase, he helped develop brokerage products and services for institutional clients and drive the company’s derivatives strategy.

Mr. Ridenour also spent six years in private practice at Haynes & Boone, LLP and Fowler Rodriguez, LLP where he focused on commercial litigation and compliance matters involving securities and export controls.


  • JD, cum laude, Tulane University Law School (2002)
  • MA, cum laude, Tulane University (2002)
  • BA, cum laude, The University of the South (Sewanee) (1999)