Release Number 7781-18

September 7, 2018

Dan Berkovitz Sworn in to Serve as a CFTC Commissioner

Washington, DC — Dan M. Berkovitz was sworn in today to serve as a Commissioner for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The swearing in was held at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in the District of Columbia.   

“I consider it a privilege and honor to return to the CFTC as a Commissioner,” said Berkovitz after being sworn in by U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. “I look forward to working with Chairman Giancarlo and my fellow Commissioners on the agency’s important mission of ensuring our markets are financially sound and free from fraud and manipulation.”  

“I am pleased to welcome Dan to the Commission,” said Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo. “I look forward to working with him as we embark on new challenges in regulating the derivatives markets.”

Berkovitz was nominated by President Trump to serve as a Commissioner in April 2018 and he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on August 28, 2018.

Prior to his appointment, Berkovitz was a partner and co-chair of the futures and derivatives practice at the law firm of WilmerHale. He also was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School, and vice-chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Futures and Derivatives.

Berkovitz served as General Counsel of the CFTC from 2009-2013. While serving in this role, he was the agency’s Deputy Representative to the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). Before the CFTC, Berkovitz was a senior staff lawyer for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management.

Berkovitz obtained an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is married to Michelle and they have two children, Zoe and Eli.