Roberta S. Karmel


Professor Roberta Karmel is an expert in international and domestic securities regulation and is called upon to teach and lecture all over the world. She was on the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1962 – 1969, rising from Attorney, to Branch Chief and Assistant Regional Administrator in the New York Office. Later, from 1977 to 1980, Professor Karmel served as the first female SEC Commissioner.

Professor Karmel, who is currently on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School, was a Public Director of the New York Stock Exchange and in private practice for 30 years. She was also a Fulbright Scholar studying the harmonization of the securities laws in the European Union.

Professor Karmel is the author of Life at the Center: Reflections on Fifty Years of Securities Regulation (2014) and Regulation by Prosecution: The Securities and Exchange Commission Versus Corporate America (1984). She has published widely on securities regulation and international securities law in dozens of law reviews and journals. She also authors a bi-monthly column, “Securities Regulation,” that appears in the New York Law Journal.

Professor Karmel has numerous affiliations. She is the Chair Emerita of the Board of Trustees of the Practising Law Institute, an Advisor to the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She previously served as a director of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and was the Vice-Chair of the International Coordinating Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section. A member of the faculty since 1985, Professor Karmel has played an instrumental role in leading the activities of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law as the Center’s co-director, and with developing the Center for the Study of Business Law & Regulation. In 2009, she was the Harry Cross Visiting Professor at the University of Washington School of Law.

Other recent honors include Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Iota of Massachusetts at Harvard College (Hon.), the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award of DirectWomen and the American Bar Association Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Professor Karmel attended Radcliffe College (B.A. Cum Laude) and the New York University School of Law (LL.B. Cum Laude). While at NYU, Professor Karmel was selected for the Order of the Coif; the Founders Day Award; Law Review (Associate Editor); and Florence Allen Scholar.