The U.S. Treasury Department has its first Senate-confirmed general counsel since George Madison stepped down last summer.
The Senate unanimously approved acting Treasury General Counsel Christopher Meade for the post. Meade joined the Treasury Department as principal deputy general counsel in March 2010, becoming acting general counsel in June. The Senate voted April 25 on Meade’s nomination.
"For three years, Chris's sound judgment and deep knowledge have made him a tremendous asset to Treasury and the Administration," Treasury Secretary Jacob "Jack" Lew said in a written statement. "His impressive grasp of a wide set of legal and policy matters ranging from the tax code to terrorism finance has been and will be vital as we move forward with initiatives of immense scope and complexity."
Before coming to the Treasury Department, Meade was a New York-based partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, working in the firm's litigation and securities departments, as well as its appellate and Supreme Court litigation group.
Madison had served as the Treasury general counsel since September 2009. Previously, he served as executive vice president and general counsel at the financial services company TIAA-CREF.