More Law Alumni Tapped for Top D.C. Posts

Summer 2009

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In addition to Eric H. Holder Jr. ’76 and several other alumni, President Barack Obama’s administration has recruited 10 more Columbia Law School graduates to fill key government positions.

Among the most recent group of appointees, George Madison ’80 was selected to serve as general counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department. “I have great confidence that [he] will be a valuable and effective addition to our team as we tackle our nation’s economic challenges,” said President Obama in a written statement announcing the move. Previously, Madison was the executive vice president and general counsel at TIAA-CREF.

In addition to Madison, Donald Verrilli ’83, a former partner at Jenner & Block, has also accepted a new position within the administration. He will serve as associate deputy attorney general and said he is “very excited to have the opportunity for public service at this important moment in our history.” Joining Verrilli at the Justice Department is his Jenner & Block colleague Ginger Anders ’02, who will become the assistant to the solicitor general. Meanwhile, Lewis Yellin ’00 will leave the Justice Department, where he worked for many years on cases involving foreign relations and national security, for the State Department. In his new role, Yellin will assist the legal adviser in counseling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Timothy Reif  ’85 will join the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as general counsel for international trade. And David M. Becker ’73 will lead the Securities and Exchange Commission’s effort to reform the financial services sector as the SEC’s general counsel and senior policy director.

Drawing from the world of academia, the administration has tapped Georgetown University Law Professor David C. Vladeck ’76 to serve as the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. And University of Colorado Law School Professor Nestor Davidson ’97 has accepted an appointment as principal deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Finally, two Law School alumni will fill key positions within the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Joseph A. Jiampietro ’92 will serve as FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair’s senior adviser for markets. And Michael Bradfield ’59, formerly of counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Jones Day, will join the FDIC as its general counsel.

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