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Monique E. Holmes focuses her practice on providing counsel and developing innovative solutions for financial services institutions. As former Deputy General Counsel for the New York State Department of Financial Services, Monique oversaw the Banking Unit of the Department's Office of General Counsel and provided legal counsel to the Superintendent and Executives in the Banking Division's units. She was responsible for analyzing and interpreting the New York Banking Law, the New York Financial Services Law, and related regulations to determine compliance by New York State-chartered banks and credit unions, and New York State-licensed branches of foreign banking organizations. She worked on enforcement actions and handled applications by foreign banking organizations with New York State-licensed branches that wish to restructure their U.S. operations and or establish intermediate holding companies. She also worked with foreign and federal bank regulators to assess the resolution plans of foreign banks with New York State-licensed branches.

Monique began her career in private practice.


The Superintendent’s Award
New York State Department of Financial Services (2017)



  • LL.M., Fordham University School of Law, magna cum laude, Actum Foundation Prize for highest cumulative GPA
  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse Law Review, Editor; Black Law Students Association; Syracuse University Law in London Program
  • B.A., University of Virginia


  • New York

Government & Military Service

  • Law Clerk, Civil Division, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
  • Deputy General Counsel, Banking Unit, New York State Department of Financial Services


  • New York City Bar Association Committee on Banking Law (2014, 2015, 2019)
  • Director, New York State Department of Financial Services Legal Internship Program
  • Teacher, New York State Department of Financial Services Continuing Legal Education Program
  • Classes: Artificial Intelligence in Financial Services; Diversity and Inclusion