H. David Kotz

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H. David Kotz
Occupation Inspector General
Employer U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Location Washington, D.C.

H. David Kotz is the inspector general of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). His resignation was announced on Jan. 17, 2012, effective at the end of January 2012. He joined the SEC as inspector general in December 2007, and joined investigative company Gryphon Strategies as a managing director in Washington, with a focus on corporate fraud and whistleblowers.[1]


At the SEC, Kotz was in charge of conducting independent and objective audits, investigations and inspections to detect waste, fraud and abuse, and promoting economy, effectiveness and efficiency, and also issued fact-based reports.[2] In December 2008, the SEC's then-chairman Christopher Cox asked Kotz to take on the investigation into why the SEC failed to pursue credible allegations regarding Bernard Madoff’s financial fraud going back to at least 1999.[3]

Kotz was formerly the inspector general of the the Peace Corps. for almost two years, and was also associate general counsel for litigation at the Peace Corps. before that. He began his career at law firms Graham & James in New York City and Pepper Hamilton LLP in Washington, D.C., where he practiced federal administrative law for 10 years. He began working for the federal government in May 1999, holding several positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Office of General Counsel.


  • J.D., Cornell Law School
  • B.A., Political Science, cum laude, University of Maryland[4]


  1. Inspector General to Leave S.E.C.. New York Times.
  2. H. David Kotz Named New Inspector General at SEC. SEC.gov.
  3. SEC Inspector General H. David Kotz May Try to Break Madoff Investigation into Pieces, Issue Reports on Rolling Basis. Securities Docket.
  4. H. David Kotz, Inspector General. SEC.