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Robert A. Fippinger, a resident of New York City, was a partner and senior counsel of the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a law firm, until 2015. In 2015, he took a leave of absence from his firm to commute to Washington and act as chief legal officer to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board until 2017. The MSRB regulates the conduct of broker-dealers effecting transactions in municipal securities.
Robert and his wife, Ann, are members of Impact Partners, a membership organization of about thirty couples and individuals that was created to invest in documentary films. Through its staff, including executive director Dan Cogan, Impact Partners works in collaboration with filmmakers to raise awareness of critical issues facing the world today.
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 has served as visiting lecturer in law at Yale University, where he taught the law of public finance.