U.S. Treasury General Counsel George Madison to Leave on June 1

George W. Madison, the U.S. Treasury’s general counsel, is leaving the position on June 1.

Christopher Meade, the department’s principal deputy general counsel, will become acting general counsel, a Treasury official confirmed today. The official declined to be identified because the information wasn’t released publicly. Meade, 43, is a former partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP.

Madison, 58, had been executive vice president and general counsel of TIAA-CREF, the manager of retirement accounts for employees of nonprofit institutions. He also was previously general counsel at Dallas-based Comerica Inc.

The general counsel, whose appointment is subject to Senate confirmation, is the top legal and policy adviser to the Treasury secretary and other senior officials and is responsible for all of the department’s legal work.

The legal division is a bureau within the department composed of about 2,000 lawyers and 1,500 support staff in offices and bureaus, according to the Treasury’s website.

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