Ronald H. Filler
Professor of Law, Emeritus
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. (Taxation) 1976; George Washington University Law School, J.D. 1973 with honors; University of Illinois, B.A. 1970
Ronald H. Filler is an expert in financial services law. He joined New York Law School in 2008 as a Professor of Law and the Director of the Financial Services Law Institute.
Professor Filler taught several courses in financial services law for both LL.M. and J.D. students. He also arranged for many NYLS students to serve as externs at some of the leading financial institutions and financial regulatory governmental agencies, giving them important first-hand experiences regarding the practice of law in this highly complex area. Additionally, Professor Filler has taught several courses on derivatives law at three other U.S. law schools; the first such course was taught in 1977 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. At Chicago-Kent, he was the Founder and Director of the Commodities Law Institute, which was the leading CLE provider on Futures Law between 1978 and 1995.
Before joining NYLS, Professor Filler was a Managing Director in the Capital Markets Prime Services Department at Lehman Brothers where he had principal responsibilities over a variety of business and regulatory matters. Before joining Lehman Brothers, he was a partner and member of the Executive Committee of Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz, a large Chicago-based law firm. He has spoken at several hundred conferences and seminars involving various financial regulatory issues, with a special emphasis on the Dodd Frank Act, enacted by Congress in 2010, and its impact on the financial community and the public. He has also written extensively on several issues involving the financial services industry, with a special emphasis on customer asset protections.
Professor Filler currently serves as an Independent Public Director of the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry’s self-regulatory organization, and he serves on the Regulatory Oversight Committee (ROC) of New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Liffe US, a futures exchange majority. At the NFA, he has chaired a special committee to oversee their audit practices and policies, which is the primary regulatory auditor of most financial institutions involved in derivatives. Professor Filler is also the Chair of the Global Markets Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the federal regulatory agency that oversees the derivatives markets. In addition, he serves as Chair of NYLS's Ronald H. Filler Institute for Financial Services Law. Throughout his more than 35 years in the futures and derivatives area, he has served on several boards and advisory committees of U.S. exchanges and clearinghouses and other industry organizations.
In March 2022, Professor Filler was inducted into the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Hall of Fame.