Mercer Bullard is the Butler Snow Lecturer and Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he is the Director of the Business law Institute and teaches courses on securities, banking, corporations, corporate finance, accounting and law and economics. He is also the Founder and President of Fund Democracy, an advocacy group for mutual fund shareholders. Professor Bullard has also served on the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, and the CFP Board’s Public Policy Committee, and was previously the consumer representative on the Financial Planning Association’s Government Relations Committee and Vice Chair of the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Securities Law Committee.
Twice named by Investment News as one of the top 20 influencers in the financial services industry, Professor Bullard has testified before Congress on more than 20 occasions on corporate and securities regulatory matters, including most recently the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rulemaking. He has published dozens of commentaries articles on a wide range of securities law topics, led advocacy initiatives relating to a variety of regulatory matters, made presentations before the SEC, FINRA, NASAA, FPA and other groups, and provided consulting and expert witness services for the SEC, various States and private plaintiffs and defendants. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, CNBC, and other national broadcasts; been featured in Business Week, Money Magazine and other publications; and been frequently quoted in major newspapers and financial publications on finance- and securities-related matters.
Professor Bullard is a former Assistant Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management. He previously practiced securities law in Washington, D.C. at WilmerHale (then Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering) and clerked for Judge Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has a B.A. from Yale, an M.S. from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and is currently pursuing a finance PhD at the University of Mississippi.