Washington lawyer Michael Bradfield once again has a familiar title in front of his name: General Counsel.
Bradfield has held the role at the Federal Reserve Board in D.C. and was assistant general counsel of the Treasury Department. Then, on Monday, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair tapped him to become general counsel of the FDIC. He was previously of counsel in Jones Day's D.C. office.
"He's just developed the reputation as one of the top banking lawyers in the country," says Noel Francisco, chair of Jones Day's government regulation group, of his former colleague. (Bradfield did not return a call requesting comment.)
At Jones Day, Bradfield focused on domestic and international banking, mergers and acquisitions, federal bank regulatory work, and international trade.
He served as assistant general counsel for international affairs at Treasury from 1968 to 1975, and as general counsel of the Federal Reserve Board from 1981 to 1989.
In a statement, Bair said Bradfield's knowledge of banking issues and prior government experience "will serve the FDIC well at a critical time."