President Barack Obama plans to nominate Kelly Welsh, executive vice president and general counsel for Northern Trust Corp., for U.S. Commerce Department general counsel, the White House announced Friday.
Welsh would succeed Cameron Kerry, who stepped down as Commerce's top lawyer last month. He has served as executive vice president and general counsel for Northern Trust since 2000. Prior to assuming the roles at the financial services company, he was executive vice president and general counsel for Ameritech Corp., corporation counsel to former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (D), and a Mayer Brown partner.
Commerce's Office of General Counsel has more than 325 lawyers in 14 outposts. Barbara Fredericks, the department’s assistant general counsel for administration, currently is handling the responsibilities of the general counsel until the U.S. Senate confirms a successor to Kerry.