W. Thomas Conner

Partner

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • George Washington University, MBA

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Tom is a member of Reed Smith's Financial Industry Group. The focus of Tom's practice is on the representation of financial services companies including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (including ETFs that invest in commodities), insurance companies issuing fixed and variable annuities and life insurance, and financial firms offering a wide range of other types of financial products. His practice combines regulatory experience with an extensive knowledge of the mutual fund, ETF, commodity pool, variable contract and investment advisory industries.

Tom assists clients in navigating the complex regulatory requirements governing insurance and securities products, including the federal securities laws administered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the National Futures Association (NFA), and state insurance laws and regulations.

Tom has represented financial service companies in a private practice for over fifteen years. Additionally, Tom was Vice President and General Counsel of the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) (formerly, the National Association for Variable Annuities (NAVA)). He was responsible for IRI's regulatory affairs program and represented the industry in a number of significant regulatory matters, appearing before regulatory agencies including the SEC, FINRA and National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

In addition to private practice and serving as IRI's General Counsel, Tom was a staff member of the SEC in the Office of Disclosure and Investment Adviser Regulation and the Office of Insurance Products.

Employment History

  • 2012 - Partner - Reed Smith LLP
  • 2011 - Partner - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • 1998 - Vice President and General Counsel, Insured Retirement Institute (formerly, the National Association for Variable Annuities)
  • 1994 - Associate - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • 1991 - Attorney - Adviser, Office of Disclosure and Investment Adviser Regulation U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1989 -Associate - Goodwin Procter LLP