The Senate confirmed Christopher J. Meade as general counsel to the U.S. Treasury on Thursday, where he will serve as the chief legal officer and principal advisor to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on legal and policy matters.
Meade has served as principal deputy general counsel since March 2010, advising the Treasury secretary on a number of legal issues related to terrorism finance, financial crimes enforcement, domestic and international economic affairs, tax policy, ethics, government law and administrative law. He was named acting general counsel in June after the departure of George W. Madison.
“For three years, Chris’ sound judgment and deep knowledge have made him a tremendous asset to Treasury and the Administration,” Lew said. “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. I am delighted the Senate took action on this critical nomination.”
Before joining the Treasury, Meade was a partner at New York-based Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr and served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a juris doctorate from New York University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.