Lecturer in Law
Jess Velona is a senior attorney in the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. For a decade, he was a commercial litigator at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and at Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He also worked extensively on pro bono matters, including a federal class action to reform New York City's child welfare system.
Mr. Velona was a law clerk to then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1988, where he was a James Kent Scholar, Articles and Book Reviews Editor of the Law Review, and a Tony Patino Fellow. He graduated from Harvard College in 1983, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is the co-author of "Clearing Broker Liability and Responsibilities" in Broker-Dealer Regulation (Practising Law Institute 2004) and the author or co-author of articles on the workings of the United States Courts of Appeals.