John D. Hawke, , Jr.

John D. Hawke, Jr.

Retired Partner

Jerry Hawke is a retired partner who rejoined the firm in 2004 after nine and one-half years of government service in the area of financial institutions policy and regulation. For six years he served as Comptroller of Currency, prior to which he served for three and one-half years as Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance. As Comptroller, Mr. Hawke was a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. As Under Secretary of the Treasury, he chaired the Advanced Counterfeit Deterrence Steering Committee and served as a director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. From 1975 to 1978, Mr. Hawke was General Counsel to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Mr. Hawke has published extensively on matters relating to the regulation of financial institutions. He has taught federal regulation of banking at the Georgetown University Law Center and at the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies at Boston University School of Law. A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Hawke served in the US Air Force. He received his law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review. Before joining the firm, he was counsel to the Select Committee on Education in the House of Representatives.


  • LLB, Columbia Law School, 1960
  • BA, Yale University, 1954
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Government & Military Service
  • Comptroller of the Currency, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance, US Department of Treasury
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, The Honorable E. Barrett Prettyman

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