Keynote Speaker Biography: George W. Madison '80
George W. Madison ’80 was nominated to be the 30th general counsel of the Department of the Treasury by President Barack Obama on April 20, 2009. He was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office on September 9, 2009.
As general counsel, Mr. Madison serves as the chief law officer of the department and a senior policy advisor to the secretary of the Treasury. He heads the department’s Legal Division, which consists of approximately 2,000 lawyers within the department’s headquarters, the Internal Revenue Service, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the Bureau of Public Debt, the Financial Management Service, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, the U.S. Mint, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Before joining the department, Mr. Madison served as the executive vice president and general counsel of TIAA-CREF. He joined the company in 2003, after six-and-a-half years as executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Comerica Incorporated. Previously, Mr. Madison was a partner in the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (currently known as Mayer, Brown) in New York City. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati.
Currently a government member of the Administrative Conference of the U.S., Mr. Madison is a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee of Corporate General Counsel and has served as director of the boards for the Legal Aid Society of New York and Legal Services for New York City.
Mr. Madison has received numerous awards in recognition of his professional and civic contributions, including the American Jewish Committee’s 2003 Judge Learned Hand Award, the New York County Lawyers Association’s 2010 William Nelson Cromwell Award, the NAACP’s 1997 Invaluable Pro Bono Legal Services Award, the MCCA’s 1998 Diversity 2000 Award, and the Neighborhood Defenders Service of Harlem’s 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
Mr. Madison holds a B.S. from New York University’s Stern School of Business, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.