Gary M. Brown
Chief Executive Officer
CMG Life Services Inc.
GARY M. BROWN is the Chief Executive Officer of CMG Life Services Inc. in Naples, Florida, which he joined after a 31-year legal career that centered on advising public companies and their officers and directors on corporate governance, securities, and other compliance issues. While in private law practice, he was recognized in both Best Lawyers in America and Chambers – America’s Leading Business Lawyers. In addition, from 1994 until joining CMG in 2011, Gary taught corporate and securities law at the Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to joining CMG, he also served as general counsel to the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (now known as the Ethics and Compliance Initiative), the world’s largest group of ethics and compliance professionals.
Gary is a frequent instructor at securities programs for the Practising Law Institute, co-chairing two of PLI’s national securities programs, Understanding the Securities Laws and Securities Filings and instructing at the SEC Reporting and Practice Skills Workshop for Lawyers, a program started in 2015 by The SEC Institute, a division of PLI. He also is the author of PLI’s Securities Law and Practice Deskbook and the chapter “Introduction to Life Settlements” in PLI’s treatise Financial Product Fundamentals.
During 2002, Gary served as Special Counsel (Minority) to the United States Senate’s Governmental Affairs Committee in its investigation of the collapse of Enron Corp. In that role, he also worked with the Committee’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (“PSI”) and provided advice on aspects of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act while the legislation was being debated in the Senate. As part of the investigation, he provided testimony before the Subcommittee on the activities of major U.S. investment banks that assisted Enron in the manipulation of its financial statements. During August 2006, in a Senate investigation of abusive tax shelters, he provided testimony before PSI on how various structures employed in offshore and other tax devices are employed to circumvent compliance with U.S. federal securities laws. During 2010, he was retained by PSI to assist in its investigation of Goldman Sachs during PSI’s overall investigation, “Wall Street and the Financial Crisis,” and related televised hearings. While in that role, he also provided advice on aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act while the legislation was being debated in the Senate
Gary received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated Order of the Coif in 1980.