As the former Director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Whistleblower Office and Assistant Director in the Office of Market Intelligence and Branch Chief in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Christopher Ehrman brings decades of experience and knowledge of the CFTC’s and SEC’s laws and regulations to his whistleblower clients at Phillips & Cohen.
Mr. Ehrman was the Director of the CFTC’s Whistleblower Office and during his ten years of service the whistleblower program experienced unprecedented growth and success. His accomplishments include the CFTC’s issuing awards to whistleblowers totaling approximately $330 million. Under his stewardship, enforcement actions based on whistleblower information led to monetary sanctions exceeding $3 billion.
Chris’s achievements at the CFTC also include implementing anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers, issuing the largest whistleblower award of approximately $200 million, the largest amount ever awarded under the Dodd-Frank whistleblower programs at that time, and increasing the productivity and staff of the CFTC’s Whistleblower Office by expanding the total staff to ten attorneys and a data analyst.
During his tenure, Chris was a tireless advocate for whistleblowers and an outspoken proponent of the CFTC’s whistleblower program. He played a key role in the CFTC’s efforts to protect whistleblowers by managing and implementing a major redraft of the CFTC’s whistleblower rules to further harmonize them with the SEC’s rules, including enhancing anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers and allowing the CFTC to take action against persons seeking to prevent or impede whistleblowers from communicating with the agency.
Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Ehrman was in senior positions at the SEC, including service as an Assistant Director in the Office of Market Intelligence in the Division of Enforcement where he managed ten senior attorneys responsible for processing, reviewing, and assigning all information, complaints, and referrals received by the agency. Mr. Ehrman was the Co-National Coordinator for the Microcap Fraud Working Group and served as a Microcap Specialist, which earned him an Enforcement Director’s Award. Mr. Ehrman also worked as a Branch Chief, Senior Counsel, and Staff Attorney in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.
Before joining the SEC, Mr. Ehrman held numerous positions at various law firms in Washington, DC and Ohio.
Mr. Ehrman received his law degree from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law and received his Bachelor of Arts from Miami University. He is admitted to the bar in Washington, D.C.