I came to the United States almost 20 years ago after becoming a lawyer in Germany. As one of a hand-picked few, I was sent to New York as part of the management trainee program at a top German bank. I stayed to go to law school at New York University and took the bar in 1996. The rest is history. I had the good fortune to be trained and practice at Debevoise & Plimpton, one of the top firms in the country. My lawyers dream came true when I got an offer at Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz, the dream of being part of the firm built by one of the true visionaries and shapers of the corporate world, and learning and practicing at one of the greatest corporate law firms in the world. I then became the General Counsel of DigitalGlobe, Inc., which set out to become the largest satellite imagery company in the world. I built their legal and compliance function, preparing them for their initial public offering. I later became the General Counsel of Focus Financial Partners, LLC, then on its way to transform into the largest partnership of independent financial advisory firms in the world. I was in charge of their legal affairs and compliance.
In 2011, I sensed that the world was changing and seized the opportunity. There are quantum leaps in technology, science, the arts, the law. I launched Eckerle Law to be part of it.
I am a frequent speaker about legal and compliance topics and recent author of my first book about the Investment Advisers Act. I am also an entrepreneur, skier, surfer, yogi, traveler, lover of creativity, vision and change. And the inspirational power of beauty.