Laura Richards recently retired after a 24-year career as an attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, including serving as Deputy General Counsel, Opinions and Review. Prior to joining the commission, she worked as a journalist and served in private practice as an attorney with the firms Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Arnold & Porter. She concentrated on legal matters associated with corporate transactions and regulatory banking matters. Ms. Richards is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Howard University Law School. She is a Republican and a Ward 7 resident.