Julie A. Bell joined the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in November 2002 where she currently serves as Counsel to Commissioner Cynthia A. Glassman. In this role, Julie advises Commissioner Glassman on a multitude of issues relating to the securities markets, including corporate governance standards and issues, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, accounting and auditing standards, enforcement matters and issues relating to registered foreign companies. She also assists the Commission staff in drafting various Commission rules, including those relating to capital raising transactions and internal controls reporting, among others. Prior to serving as Counsel to Commissioner Glassman, Julie served as a Special Counsel in the Office of Rulemaking in the Division of Corporation Finance at the Commission, where she, among other matters, co-authored new rules adopting significant amendments to the public company report requiring prompt disclosure of material corporate events (Form 8-K).
Before joining the Commission, Julie served as an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from 1996 to 2002, primarily in the firm’s Palo Alto, California office. As an associate at Wilson Sonsini, Julie represented a broad range of emerging growth companies, including semiconductor, telecommunications, software, Internet and biotechnology companies, in all stages of development. She advised clients on issues relating to company formation and capitalization, equity and debt venture capital financings, initial public offerings (domestic and foreign companies), public company reporting obligations, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions.
Julie frequently speaks on behalf of the Commission on various panels and seminars, including many sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute. She has also authored several articles, including “Keeping Your Comments Private: The SEC, the Freedom of Information Act and You,” which was published in the ABA’s Business Law Today magazine.
Julie served as an Alternate Delegate from California for President Bush to the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. She also served as a Member of the California Republican Party from 1999-2001, appointed by Congressman Bill Thomas, and as a member of the San Francisco County Republican Central Committee from 2000 to 2001.
Julie was born and raised in Ohio. She received a B.A., summa cum laude, in political science from The Ohio State University in 1993, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1996.