Ken Cunningham is Grant Thornton’s chief legal officer. Cunningham, a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, runs the firm’s enterprise risk management function and is responsible for defending the firm and its personnel in regulatory and litigation matters, including class action securities litigation and professional malpractice litigation. He also conducts training for the firm’s personnel and counsels senior leadership and all service lines on risk and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Cunningham was a senior counsel with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., where he investigated matters involving complex financial fraud. Before joining the SEC, Cunningham was a litigator in private practice. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law, where he taught a seminar on SEC enforcement procedures, and regularly speaks as a panelist about liability issues faced by accountants and auditors.
Professional qualifications and memberships
Bar Admission — Illinois
American Bar Association
Association of Corporate Counsel
Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni Inc.
Presentations and publications
Co-author, Overview of Key Defenses Available in a Section 11 Claim Against an Auditor, Accountants’ Liability: Litigation and Issues in the Financial Crisis, ALI-ABA Course of Study Materials, July 2010.
Court Theatre, Board of Trustees
JD, Vanderbilt University, School of Law
BA, Political Science, Vanderbilt University
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