Governor Appoints Clyde Snow Shareholder Brent Baker to Utah Securities Commission


SALT LAKE CITY—Clyde Snow Attorney Brent R. Baker has been appointed to the Utah Securities Commission by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. He joins four other Utah citizens to support the Utah Division of Securities in setting policy, adopting rules, and adjudicating enforcement actions brought by the Division.

"I have personally seen how seriously Gov. Herbert, Francine Giani, Keith Woodwell and the Securities Division in general take their charge to make sure Utah's investment markets are free of fraud," Baker said. "I'm honored to receive this nomination and work with them and great staff at the Utah Division of Securities and other members of the Securities Commission in pursuit of this goal," Baker said.

Baker brings extensive experience in fraud awareness education as well as white collar defense in matters of securities fraud, having spent more than 10 years serving the SEC in various positions, including Senior Special Counsel. He has given seminars on related topics and co-founded Fraud College, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of fraud prevention and detection strategies among the public. Since its inception, the organization has successfully held two conferences involving citizens, local civic and religious leaders, attorneys, and other professionals. Baker's other efforts to raise awareness have included an appearance on Utah Public Radio with Division of Securities Dir. Keith Woodwell.

As a member of Clyde Snow's White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations Group, Baker focuses on defending corporate and individual clients in regulatory enforcement investigations and litigation before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and other federal and state agencies. He has handled corporate internal investigations and has represented broker-dealers, investment advisors, and individual registered representatives before the SEC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Baker was appointed to fill the position held by former Attorney General Jan Graham as the Commission's corporate representative. He will serve a four-year term, joining existing members Timothy G. Bangerter, Jane Cameron, Laura Polacheck, and Erik A. Christiansen.

About the Utah Securities Commission

The Division of Securities is advised by an independent commission comprised of five Utah citizens. Each member is appointed by the governor and serves a four year term. Two members must come from the securities brokerage community, one member must be a member of the securities section of the Utah State Bar, one member must come from a corporation which is not a reporting company, and one member must come from the public at large who has no active participation in the securities business.

About Clyde Snow & Sessions

With nearly 30 attorneys, Salt Lake City law firm Clyde Snow & Sessions provides legal counsel and representation in a wide range of legal fields. While continuing to be Utah's premier water law firm, Clyde Snow's practice has greatly expanded, having particular strength, experience, and knowledge in white collar criminal defense, independent investigation litigation, domestic relations, corporate law, and transactional matters. Clyde Snow lawyers not only put excellence to practice in industry leadership positions and pro bono capacities but also apply their expertise as they pursue extraordinary results for their clients.