Byron Georgiou has had a long career in the private and public sector in government service, business and law, and has spent most of the last decade investigating and prosecuting financial fraud.
Mr. Georgiou was recently appointed as one of 10 members nationally to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission which will report to the Congress in December 2010 its conclusions as to the causes of the global financial crisis.
He is currently the President of Georgiou Enterprises, with wide ranging interests including partnerships in several private equity firms; a portfolio of carbon emission reduction projects in China that generate carbon credits under the Kyoto protocol; environmental cleanup of deep coal mining sites; residential and commercial real estate and golf course management and development; and the provision of customer services at regional shopping centers throughout America.
Mr. Georgiou has served since 2005 on the advisory board of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance which hosts the leading blog on corporate governance and financial regulation.
Since 2000, Mr. Georgiou has been affiliated of counsel to the national law firm of Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins, the world’s largest plaintiffs’ securities practice, and has had a leadership role in the historic litigations prosecuting financial fraud on behalf of defrauded investors at Enron, WorldCom, Dynegy, AOLTimeWarner, and UnitedHealth.
In 1994, he co-founded and served as President of American Partners Capital Group, concentrating on serving the needs of institutional investors through capital formation programs in a variety of alternative asset categories.
From 1983-1994, he was Managing Partner and co-founder of the San Diego law firm of Georgiou, Tosdal, Levine & Smith, a general civil practice, with emphasis on litigation and appearances before executive and legislative governmental bodies, and representation of labor organizations and their members, including contract negotiations and enforcement for many California public and private sector labor organizations.
From 1980-1983, Mr. Georgiou served as Legal Affairs Secretary to California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., responsible for litigation by and against the Governor, judicial appointments, liaison with the Attorney General, Judiciary and State Bar, legal advice to the Governor and members of his Cabinet, and exercise of the Governor’s powers of extradition and clemency.
Mr. Georgiou served from 1975-1980 in various capacities with the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, defending the constitutionality of the law up through the United States and California Supreme Courts, and prosecuting unfair labor practice cases enforcing the collective bargaining rights of farm workers, who had been excluded from labor protection under the National Labor Relations Act.
Mr. Georgiou received his undergraduate degree with Great Distinction from Stanford University, attending on a full Alfred P. Sloan academic scholarship, and his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Georgiou and his wife, Dr. Thérèse Collins, live in Las Vegas, Nevada with their daughter, Ariadne Christina.