Christopher J. Meade is the General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of BlackRock. A member of the Global Executive Committee, he leads the Legal & Compliance group.
Before joining BlackRock, Mr. Meade was the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. At Treasury, he provided legal and policy counseling to the Treasury Secretary and other senior Treasury officials on a wide range of issues, relating to domestic finance, international economic affairs, terrorism finance, financial crimes enforcement, and tax policy. He was also the head of the Treasury Legal Division, a separate bureau within Treasury that includes all legal counsel of the Treasury Department. Mr. Meade received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Treasury Department's highest honor.
Before joining Treasury, Mr. Meade was a partner with the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he was a member of the Litigation and Securities Departments, as well as the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Group. While at WilmerHale, he argued four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier in his career, Mr. Meade served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Mr. Meade is a Trustee of NYU Law School and a member of the Board of Mobilization for Justice, which provides legal services to low-income New Yorkers. He received his A.B. from Princeton University, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from NYU Law School, magna cum laude, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.