Thomas A. Russo joined AIG in February 2010 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, with responsibility for Legal, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, and Government Affairs.
Prior to joining AIG, Mr. Russo served as senior counsel in the New York office of the law firm Patton Boggs. Before he joined Patton Boggs, Mr. Russo was a vice chairman of Lehman Brothers Inc. and was the chief legal officer of Lehman Brothers Holdings from January 1993 to December 2008. Prior to joining Lehman, Mr. Russo was a senior partner and member of the management committee at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he specialized in SEC and CFTC enforcement and regulation, derivatives, and financial and general corporate law. He also served as an advisor to the Brady Commission and as deputy general counsel of the CFTC and later the first director of the CFTC's Division of Trading and Markets.
A thought leader on financial market issues, Mr. Russo has testified before Congress on numerous occasions and has been a frequent participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos , Switzerland . He has also written more than 70 articles on topics in the commodities, securities and banking fields relating to financial market regulation. Mr. Russo co-authored the federal securities law book “Regulation of Brokers, Dealers and Securities Markets,” published by Warren, Gorham & Lamont. He also authored “Regulation of the Commodities Futures and Options Markets,” a two-volume treatise on federal commodities laws published by Shepard's/McGraw-Hill. He recently co-authored “The 2008 Financial Crisis and Its Aftermath: Addressing the Next Debt Challenge,” published by the Group of Thirty.
Mr. Russo earned his J.D. and M.B.A. from Cornell University , and received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University , where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa .