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Patrick Bryan

Patrick Bryan


Patrick Bryan is a leading authority in the financial services and enforcement sector. Over the last nine years, he has served in senior roles for three principal regulators, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

As the Director of the Division of Enforcement and Investigations at the PCAOB, Patrick provided executive leadership and oversight of the agency’s enforcement program. He designed and led division-wide transformation of PCAOB investigative functions; led the design and implementation of division-wide strategic initiatives; and led several first of their kind enforcement actions, including imposing one of the largest civil money penalties in a settled action for supervisory failures and use of confidential PCAOB inspection information.

In his past experience at the Federal Reserve, he served as the Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement overseeing all enforcement functions of the Federal Reserve System. Patrick’s responsibilities included approving and overseeing enforcement investigations and litigation against Board-supervised institutions and individuals. He also oversaw the general management of the Board’s enforcement function, including training and overall promotion of the organization’s goals and objectives.

As litigation counsel at the SEC, Patrick investigated violations of the anti-bribery and anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws and served as trial counsel in litigated matters. His trial experience encompassed cases alleging fraud in connection with the sale of securities to foreign investors, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and accounting fraud by a company’s Chief Accounting Officer.

Bar admissionsDistrict of Columbia
  • J.D., Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law
    magna cum laude
  • B.A., Loyola University of Chicago
    magna cum laude

Prior Experience

  • Director, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), Division of Enforcement and Investigations, Washington, DC, January 2020-September 2022
  • Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC, 2015-2020
  • Supervisory Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, Washington, DC, 2014-2015
    Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel, 2013-2014