Edwin C. Laurenson

Title: Partner
Company: McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Location: Berkeley, California, United States

Edwin C. Laurenson, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal industry.

Focusing his practice on private investment funds, investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the registration and compliance obligations of investment managers, Mr. Laurenson is a prominent lawyer who has been serving as partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Menlo Park, CA, since 2005. Boasting extensive experience in regulation and operation of public and private funds, he also has a fruitful background as a generalist securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer. Prior to serving McDermott Will, he was a partner at Baker McKenzie from 2000 to 2005, securities counsel, principal attorney and associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison between 1980 and 2000, and associate at the Engel Burman Group from 1983 to 1986. He commenced his career as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom from 1977 to 1979 and a law clerk to the Honorable William K. Thomas with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio from 1975 to 1977.

Interested in law and public policy from a formative age, Mr. Laurenson pursued formal education at Amherst College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1972. He subsequently attended Yale University, receiving a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1975. He has since been admitted to practice law in Ohio, New York, Massachusetts and California, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Having penned several book chapters and articles on the SEC’s custody rule under the Investment Advisers Act, Mr. Laurenson has also lent his time to the study of theology and philosophy, having served the “Zygon: Journal of Religion of Science” as a member of its publication board since 2013. In recognition of his service, he was honored with the Service Award from the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science in 2006. Likewise, he was featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.

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