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Jim Bergin, former acting co-general counsel, deputy general counsel and chief of staff of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, is a member of the firm’s Financial Services practice. He advises clients as they navigate the complex and ever-changing financial and banking landscape.

As a member of the leadership team at the New York Fed over many years, Jim interacted with a wide variety of domestic and foreign supervisory authorities and central banks.

As acting co-general counsel, Jim served as part of the New York Fed’s executive management and oversaw the activities of the Legal Group, including the legal, compliance, and bank applications functions. He advised senior management on a wide range of matters, including regulation and supervision of financial institutions; monetary policy and implementation; financial services and accounts matters; and corporate governance and risk management.

In his role as deputy general counsel, Jim was responsible for both markets and regulatory matters. He led the legal team that advised on matters relating to the New York Fed’s implementation of monetary policy, lending, foreign exchange, U.S. Treasury, reference rate, and other market-facing activity. Jim was also responsible for advising supervisors and others on matters relating to the New York Fed’s regulation and oversight of financial institutions, and oversaw the New York Fed’s bank applications function.

Jim joined the New York Fed in January 2005 as an attorney. He moved to its Supervision Group in 2011 to serve as head of the Legal Compliance & Risk Department. Jim became chief of staff to President William C. Dudley in 2012 and held the position until the end of 2015 when he became deputy general counsel.

Prior to joining the New York Fed, Jim was a lawyer in private practice at an international law firm in New York where he focused his practice on energy and infrastructure finance.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2000
  • B.A., History and English, Rutgers University, 1995, Phi Beta Kappa


  • New York

Government & Military Service

  • Acting Co-General Counsel; Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Bank Supervision and Markets; Chief of Staff and Vice President; Legal Compliance Risk Department Head and Vice President, Supervision Group; Federal Reserve Bank of New York


  • Member, Law360's 2024 Banking Editorial Advisory Board
  • Chair, International Banking, Securities & Financial Transactions Committee, International Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Bretton Woods Committee