Office of the General Counsel
Kenneth Lench is the general counsel of the PCAOB. In this role, he provides legal advice and counsel about all PCAOB operations and manages the Office of the General Counsel to execute the organization's statutory mandate.
Prior to joining the PCAOB, Mr. Lench was a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Government, Regulatory, and Internal Investigations Practice Group where he focused on securities law. Before joining Kirkland in 2013, Mr. Lench served for more than 23 years in several positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In his last role at the SEC, Mr. Lench served as Chief of the Structured and New Products Unit of the Division of Enforcement. He previously held various senior positions at the SEC's Enforcement Division including assistant director, assistant chief counsel, branch chief, and senior counsel. Mr. Lench also served in the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance. Before joining the SEC, he was in private practice.
Mr. Lench earned his B.A., cum laude, from Brandeis University and his J.D from the Boston University School of Law.