The Chief Counsel of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced Monday that she will step down from her position at the end of September and retire from the government at the end of the year.
Julie Williams announced her resignation as chief counsel, effective September 30. During her 18-year tenure at her current post, Williams served as acting Comptroller of the Currency twice.
Williams oversees all of the legal activities at the office, including advisory services, enforcement, litigation and legislative initiatives, among others. She has also led the legal team as they implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, namely the consolidation of rules governing national banks and federal savings associations into one set of standards.
Before joining the comptroller's office, Williams was an attorney with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in Washington. Daniel Stipano will serve as acting chief counsel as the office searches for a permanent replacement for Williams.
"In her 19 years at the OCC, her contributions to the agency and her role in the world of financial services regulation have been extraordinary," Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry said in a written statement. "In my few months as Comptroller, Julie played an integral role in my transition and has played an indispensable role in my leadership team."