Todd Freier is senior counsel in Chapman and Cutler LLP’s public finance practice group. He concentrates in the areas of public finance and corporate and securities. Todd's public finance practice includes serving as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel on a variety of public financings, including revenue obligation, and certificates of participation financings for state universities, and exempt facilities (such as airports, pollution control facilities and sewage and solid waste facilities). His corporate and securities practice includes providing counsel to corporate clients involving compliance with federal securities regulation and exchange listing requirements, including preparation and review of required filings under Sections 13 (periodic reports) and 16(a) (directors, officers and principal stockholders reports) of the Exchange Act, communications with institutional investors and other shareholders, as well as providing counsel on general corporate governance matters, including drafting committee charters and related policies.

In 2002, Todd participated in the Firm’s summer associate program and after graduating from law school in 2003, joined Chapman and Cutler as an associate. He left the Firm in 2007 to join the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, DC where he was an Attorney-Advisor in the Division of Trading and Markets. At the SEC, Todd researched and advised on market-related issues, including Rule 15c2-11 (microcap stock quotations), Rule 14e-5 (purchases outside a tender offer) and Regulation SHO (short sales). He also drafted exemptive and no-action relief letters, advised self-regulatory organizations on rule-filing submissions and assisted in authoring proposed Rule 10b-21 (naked short selling anti-fraud rule).

In 2001, Todd was a summer associate in the Department of Legal Affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington, DC where he researched and analyzed legal issues concerning private investment in developing countries and emerging economies, conducted extensive legislative history research on certain congressional acts, and engaged in statutory interpretation and authored recommendations concerning the activities of OPIC.

Prior to attending law school, Todd worked nearly three years in corporate accounting for a Chicago-based publishing company. He also served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps' Small Enterprise Development (SED) program. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he worked in the capacity of business manager for a vocational training center in Botswana, Africa. Additionally, Todd has participated as a U.S. representative in several United Nations missions, including those to East Timor and Bosnia and Herzegovina.



University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude

  • Managing Editor, Journal of Legislation

University of Michigan, B.B.A.




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