Christopher Gilkerson is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at Charles Schwab & Co. in San Francisco. He heads the Institutional and Retail Legal Group responsible for investment advisory programs, retail branches and call centers, brokerage operations, advisor services for independent RIAs, international, schwab.com and digital services, and retirement services. Prior to Schwab Christopher was Assistant General Counsel for Market Regulation at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct faculty member at American University, Washington College of Law. He has written and spoken on a wide range of securities industry topics. Christopher received a B.A. in political science, summa cum laude from The Ohio State University, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He serves on a number of industry committees including the SIFMA General Counsels, Private Client Legal, and Technology & Regulation Committees, as well as the IAA Legal & Regulatory Committee.