James R. Doty was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as the Chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in January 2011.
From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Doty served as General Counsel of the SEC. In that role, Mr. Doty advised the Commission on matters of law and regulatory policy related to the Commission's oversight of U.S. securities markets, including initiatives relating to the integrity of financial reporting and disclosure standards in the context of the globalization of capital markets, enforcement practices and policies in the wake of the savings-and-loan crisis, international technical assistance and coordination efforts, and adoption of the Remedies Act of 1990.
Prior to and following his SEC service, Mr. Doty was a partner at the law firm of Baker Botts LLP, which he first joined in 1969. At Baker Botts LLP, he practiced securities and corporate law and counseled boards of directors and audit committees on regulatory and compliance matters, including matters arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He also represented the PCAOB in obtaining a successful result in the United States Supreme Court in the landmark challenge to its constitutionality, Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB.
Mr. Doty was presented with a 2011 Statesman Award by the Foreign Policy Association for his commitment to worldwide audit integrity.
Mr. Doty was raised in Houston, Texas. He earned a B.A. in History from Rice University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England. He also received a M.A. in History from Harvard University before getting an L.L.B from Yale Law School.