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At SEC Enforcement Unit, Storied Chief's Son Makes a Name for Himself

Thomas A. Sporkin

Stanley Sporkin, 78, perhaps the most famous SEC enforcement director, and Thomas "Tommy" Sporkin, 42, a rising star, are a unique pair in the agency's history. Their relationship is in many ways typical of any dad and son in the same field, but it's also a way to look at the ebb and flow of the SEC over the years. The father helped turn the enforcement division into a force to be reckoned with. After years of setbacks and criticism for the unit, the son is now trying to help transform it once again.

"The Sporkin family is to SEC enforcement what the Manning family is to NFL football," said Russell Ryan, a securities lawyer who shared an office with the younger Sporkin in the 1990s.

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