Michael S. Pieciak is commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation. He was first appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin in July 2016 and reappointed by Governor Phil Scott in December 2016.
Commissioner Pieciak serves as the chief regulator of Vermont’s financial services sector, including the insurance, captive insurance, banking and securities industries. Commissioner Pieciak previously served as deputy commissioner of the department’s Securities Division, where he led the division’s investigation into the Jay Peak EB-5 projects. Commissioner Pieciak is president of the North American Securities Administrators Association, a member of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Prior to his service with the department, Commissioner Pieciak practiced law in New York City at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group, gaining experience in commercial transactions, corporate governance and investment and financing transactions. Commissioner Pieciak also previously practiced at Downs Rachlin Martin in Burlington in the Business Law Group.
Commissioner Pieciak grew up in Brattleboro and graduated cum laude from Union College with a degree in political science. He received his law degree summa cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law where he served as editor-in-chief of the “Miami Law Review.” Commissioner Pieciak is also a member of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees and currently resides in Winooski, Vermont.