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W. Thomas Conner



For more than 25 years, Thomas Conner has represented financial services companies, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), insurance companies issuing fixed and variable annuities, commodity pools, and commodity pool operators.

In his practice, Thomas draws on his law firm, regulatory agency, and in-house experience to offer client-focused practical solutions. Thomas combines his regulatory experience with extensive knowledge of mutual funds, ETFs, commodity pools, variable contracts, and investment advisory services to help clients understand the application of financial services and rules of regulatory agencies. He also assists clients as they navigate complex regulatory requirements governing insurance and securities products, including federal securities laws directed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Thomas has served as vice president and general counsel of the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), and was also a staff member of the SEC in the Office of Disclosure and Investment Adviser Regulation and the Office of Insurance Products.

Speaking Engagements

  • “The SEC Regulatory Landscape: New Cases, New Rules,” 2024 IRI Annual Conference, Nashville, TN (April 3, 2024)
  • "Variable Insurance Products: Disclosure, Regulatory, and Legislative Developments," ALI CLE Conference on Life Insurance Products, Washington, D.C. (November 2, 2023)
  • "Too Much, Too Fast? Navigating the SEC’s Colossal Regulatory Agenda," IRI Annual Conference, Miami, FL (March 16, 2023)
  • Integrity Marketing Group LLC Compliance Summit (2023)
  • "Crypto: Product and User Trends,” ETFGI Global ETFs Insights Summit, New York, NY (November 15, 2022)
  • "Registered Insurance Contracts and the SEC,” Practising Law Institute (March 31, 2022)



  • George Washington University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1989)
  • George Washington University (MBA, magna cum laude, 1989)
  • Suffolk University (B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, 1984)

Bar Admissions