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Holland & Knight
800 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Events

WHF is pleased to welcome the federal banking agency general counsels.  


Mark E. Van Der
Weide, General Counsel, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 
Jonathan Gould, Chief Counsel, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Nicholas Podsiadly, General Counsel, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 
Mary McLeod, General Counsel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (invited)




Speaker Bios:

Mark E. Van Der Weide has been General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Board since the summer of 2017.  Prior to that, Mark held positions in the Board's Division of Supervision and Regulation, including as Deputy Director. In that role, he and his team advised the Division Director and Board Members on financial regulatory policy issues.  In 2009 and 2010, he was detailed to the U.S. Treasury Department, where he participated in efforts to implement financial reform legislation.  Mark worked in the Board's Legal Division from 1998 to 2009, after spending two years as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He earned a B.A. degree in history and philosophy from the University of Iowa in 1992 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995.

Jonathan Gould is the Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. In this capacity, Jonathan oversees all of the agency's legal and licensing activities, including legal advisory services to banks and examiners, enforcement and compliance activities, litigation, legislative initiatives, and regulation of securities and corporate practices of national banks and federal savings associations. He assumed this role in December 2018. Prior to joining the OCC, he served as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. He previously worked in the private sector at BlackRock and Promontory Financial Group, including serving as Promontory's Deputy General Counsel. Jonathan also served on the Senate Banking Committee earlier in his career, acting as lead counsel for the enactment and implementation of the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 and the Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2005. He began his career at Alston & Bird LLP advising financial services companies on banking and corporate law, including bank regulation and mergers and acquisitions. Jonathan holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a law degree from Washington and Lee University.

Nicholas Podsiadly
was appointed General Counsel by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Board of Directors in April 2019. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Fifth Third Bancorp, Cincinnati, OH, where he had responsibility for regulatory matters, supervisory examinations, regulatory interactions, and government affairs. Prior to joining Fifth Third in July 2017, he was Senior Vice President for Regulatory Policy at Regions Financial Corporation, Birmingham, AL, and served as Vice President and Senior Counsel, Office of Legislative Affairs and Chief Counsel at the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C. He also served as Investigative Counsel for then-Chairman Charles E. Grassley on the Senate Committee on Finance and as counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee to then-Ranking Member Sen. Charles E. Grassley. In these roles, he served in various capacities including as lead counsel overseeing the Committee's national security, criminal justice, constitutional law, drug policy, and homeland security portfolios. He received a Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Iowa State University.

Mary McLeod
joined CFPB as General Counsel in early 2016.  Prior to the CFPB, Mary headed the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State where she advised the Secretary and other senior officials on all aspects of the Department’s legal work.  Mary first joined the Department of State in 1977. In prior service at the Department of State, she served as the Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, the Legal Adviser to the U.S. Mission at the United Nations, and Assistant Legal Adviser for a number of offices, including those responsible for political and military affairs, Eastern Asia and Pacific Affairs, human rights and refugees, and employment law. She is a graduate of Yale University. She attended the University of Edinburgh as a Marshall Scholar and then went on to New York University Law School, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.