Board of Directors
Robert A. Fippinger was recently named Chief Legal Officer for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. He will be responsible for overseeing market regulation, communications, education and outreach, and legislative affairs. He will also oversee the MSRB’s professional qualification and enforcement support programs as well as corporate governance. Prior to joining the MSRB, since 1993 he was a partner and senior counsel in the New York office of the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
After receiving an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Michigan, Fippinger received a Ph.D. in 1969 at Northwestern University in its law and politics program. He has specialized in the law of public finance since 1970. He is a sought-after expert and lecturer on securities law whose two-volume treatise The Securities Law of Public Finance, first published in 1986 and now updated annually, remains the definitive reference text on the regulation of the municipal securities market. Awarded the Bernard P. Friel Medal for distinguished service in public finance by the National Association of Bond Lawyers in 2007, he has served as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, where he taught the securities law of public finance. In addition, he has taught the securities law of public finance at Hofstra Law School, and he has served as visiting lecturer in law at Yale University, where he taught the law of public finance.