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Lois Yurow Columns

LOIS YUROW formed Investor Communications Services, LLC in 1997 to help public companies use plain English principles in the disclosure documents they file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and distribute to the public.  Combining her experience as a corporate and securities attorney and her skills as a writer and editor, Lois crafts disclosure documents that investors, analysts, regulators, and even lawyers, will appreciate.

Lois was Managing Editor of Wall Street Lawyer, a monthly newsletter focused on securities law, for seven years.  She was Managing Editor of, a (now defunct) RR Donnelley website serving corporate and securities lawyers, for five. 

She is the co-author of Mutual Fund Regulation and Compliance Handbook, published by Thomson West.  Her articles, which can be found at, have appeared in IR Update, The M&A Lawyer, and Law Practice magazine.

In 1998, Lois was an adjunct professor in the M.A. Program in Corporate and Organizational Communication at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.  Since then, she has presented workshops on plain English, disclosure, and other securities law matters to a variety of audiences, including investor relations officers, investment advisers, business law students, and compensation professionals.

From 1989 until 1996, Lois practiced corporate and securities law, first with Schiff Hardin & Waite (now Schiff Hardin) in Chicago, and then with Pitney Hardin Kipp & Szuch (now Day Pitney) in Morristown, New Jersey.

Lois received her J.D., with High Honors, from The National Law Center at The George Washington University, where she was awarded Order of the Coif.  She earned a B.A., cum laude, from Brandeis University.

September 17, 2012 Nuclear power champions Japan and France turn away

Source: Reuters

Two of nuclear power's greatest champions dealt the industry a heavy blow on Friday, with Japan deciding to phase out its plants and France confirming plans to cut its heavy reliance on the technology following concern over the...

March 31, 2011 Accountability Central Alert 3.29.11 - Commentary Not To Be Missed

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. BLOG / NEWSLETTER: Below is a sample of our weekly newsletter, click here for the full formatted version. The late radio newsman Paul Harvey was famous for his daily broadcasts...

March 22, 2011 Say What?

Source: Lois Yurow

After many years in which public companies typically dreaded shareholder resolutions seeking advisory votes on executive compensation, Congress stepped in last July and made “say-on-pay” the norm. Under Section 951 of the...[more]

October 22, 2010 Change We Can…Understand!

Source: Lois Yurow

On October 13, President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010, which was designed “to improve the effectiveness and accountability of Federal agencies . . . by promoting clear Government communication that the public can...[more]

August 16, 2010 A plain English Form ADV?

Source: Lois Yurow, Investor Communications Services, LLC

On July 21, 2010, the SEC adopted amendments to Form ADV and related rules to require investment advisers to offer disclosure in plain English. Under the revised rules, you can no longer use a “check the box, fill in the blank”...[more]



On February 22, the SEC announced revised rules that should make it easier for public companies to use notice and access—or e-proxies—while attempting to reverse the decline in shareholder voting rates. To complement the...[more]


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