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​Jeffrey L. Steiner is counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions, Energy, Regulation and Litigation, Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance, Investment Funds and Public Policy practice groups.  Mr. Steiner advises a range of clients, including commercial end-users, financial institutions, dealers, hedge funds, private equity funds, clearinghouses, industry groups and trade associations on regulatory, legislative and transactional matters related to OTC and listed derivatives, commodities and securities.  He frequently assists clients with compliance and implementation issues relating to the Dodd-Frank Act, the rules of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the National Futures Association and the prudential banking regulators.   He also helps clients to navigate through cross-border issues resulting from global derivatives requirements, including those resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and the rules of other jurisdictions.  Mr. Steiner also advises clients on issues related to virtual and digital currencies and blockchain technology.

Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 has ranked Mr. Steiner as an international leading lawyer for his work in derivatives.  Chambers and Partners has also ranked Mr. Steiner as a leading derivatives lawyer in its Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Guide.

Prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Steiner was special counsel in the Division of Market Oversight at the CFTC where he handled issues relating to trading and execution of futures and swaps, designated contract markets (DCMs), market maker and incentive programs, exempt markets, reporting, swap data repositories (SDRs) and off-exchange derivatives transactions (block trades, EFRPs).  He served as team lead for the Real-Time Public Reporting of Swap Transaction Data rulemaking team for both the proposed and final rules, both of which he presented before the CFTC for public vote.  While at the CFTC, he also worked on resolving and advising on issues relating to Title VII of the Dodd Frank Act, including reporting, trading and execution in all asset classes (i.e., interest rates, credit, FX, equity and other commodity), SDRs, swap execution facilities (SEFs), block trades and extraterritoriality.  Prior to being a special counsel at the CFTC, he served as an attorney-advisor in the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight from 2009 - 2010.

Mr. Steiner began his career in private law practice where he focused on representing clients on OTC derivatives, futures and commodities related matters, capital markets transactions and hedge fund formation.

Mr. Steiner is a frequent speaker on issues relating to the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC and virtual currencies (e.g., Bitcoin).  He graduated from Tulane Law School in 2004.  While at Tulane Law School, he served as a Business Editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal.  Mr. Steiner received his B.B.A. in 2001 from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Scrutiny Over SEF Rules: CFTC Commissioner Giancarlo’s Whitepaper” at DerivSource Podcast (March 4, 2015)
  • Moderator, “Operational Issues and Concerns for Derivatives End-Users” at the Coalition for Derivatives End-Users Summit in Washington, DC (February 26, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Financial and Non-Financial End Users” at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Winter Meeting in Naples, FL (January 22, 2015)
  • Speaker, “Derivatives Regulation” at the Conference Board’s Council of Corporate Treasurers Meeting in Washington, DC (September 30, 2014)
  • Panelist, “Financial and Non-Financial End Users” at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Winter Meeting in Naples, FL (February 6, 2014)
  • Speaker, “Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act: Regulatory & Legislative Update” at the CPE, Inc. Dodd-Frank Conference 2013:  A Practical Guide for Corporates & Financial Institutions (June 12, 2013)
  • Moderator, “Swap Dealer Perspective – What do end-users need to know?” at the Edison Electric Institute’s CFTC Dodd-Frank Compliance Forum in Washington, DC (December 10, 2012)
  • Presenter, “SEFCON III Wrap-up:  So, what did we learn today?” at the 2012 SEFCON III (Swap Execution Facility Conference) in New York, NY (November 12, 2012)
  • Panelist, “Putting Together a Recordkeeping and Reporting Compliance Plan,” at the Edison Electric Institute's Dodd-Frank Compliance Forum in Washington, DC (June 25, 2012)
  • Panelist, “Dodd-Frank Reporting Rules,” at the ISDA Symposium - Dodd-Frank Transaction Reporting:  Are You Ready? in New York, NY (June 7, 2012)
  • Panelist, “The Nuts and Bolts of Reporting and Recordkeeping,” at The Futures Industry Association & Law & Compliance Division Spring Conference in Baltimore, MD (May 11, 2012)
  • Speaker, “The Block Trade Rule,” at Edison Electric Institute's Contract Drafting Committee (May 3, 2012)

Recent Publications

  • Lee, Judith A., Long, Arthur S., McRae, Marcellus, Steiner, Jeffrey L., Handler, Stephenie G., “Bitcoin Basics: A Primer on Virtual Currencies,” Business Law International (January 2015)
  • Steiner, Jeffrey, Mansh, Jennifer, “CFTC Actions The Energy Industry Should Look For In 2015,” Law360 (February 5, 2015)
  • Sturc, John H., Steiner, Jeffrey K., Kates, Rena Stern, “Expanded Authority, Increasing Numbers And Record Fines: The Changing Landscape Of the CFTC’s Enforcement Actions,” Westlaw Journal Derivatives (June 6, 2013)
  • Steiner, Jeffrey, “Differing Opinions on the Futurization of Swaps Are Highlighted at CFTC Roundtable,” DerivSource (February 1, 2013)


  • Tulane University - 2004 - Juris Doctor
  • Emory University - 2001 - B.A. Business Administration


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland Bar

Recent Publications