Matthew M. O’Toole

Matthew M. O'Toole

Adjunct Professor


Matthew M. O’Toole is senior special counsel (regulatory counsel) for the national examination program in the San Francisco Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and has worked for the Commission for over 15 years. He received his BBA (1986 summa cum laude) in finance and economics from the University of Notre Dame, and his JD (1991) from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, where he was an associate editor of the Law Review. Prior to rejoining the SEC, he was a vice president and senior counsel with Charles Schwab, and an assistant general counsel at GT Global (now part of Invesco). Mr. O’Toole was also a senior counsel in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) and the Division of Investment Management at the SEC in Washington, D.C., and an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter. He has taught securities regulation and corporate governance courses in the U.S., China, and Eastern Europe, and since 2000 has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he won the Adjunct Professor of the Year Award. Prior to enrolling in law school, he was in private accounting and attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Research Areas

  • Corporate governance
  • Securities regulation


  • JD, Northwestern University
  • BBA, University of Notre Dame