Steven Wright of Holland & Knight to be Next General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Will leave firm to become the Federal Reserve Bank’s senior legal officer
BOSTON: Steven Wright, the executive partner overseeing management of Holland & Knight’s Boston office, will join the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as senior vice president and general counsel on April 8, 2019.
Wright will serve as the Bank’s senior legal officer and advisor, providing strategic counsel to the Bank’s leadership. He will join the Bank’s Executive Committee, and lead the Legal Services Group.
“Steven Wright is a distinguished legal and business leader, having earned the trust of countless clients and organizations,” said Eric Rosengren, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank. “We are delighted that he will be joining our senior leadership team.”
“Steve has served Holland & Knight and its clients with distinction for more than 20 years,” said Steven Sonberg, the firm’s Managing Partner. “He is an outstanding individual and an inspiring leader. While he will be missed by all of us, we wish him the very best as he embarks on the next stage of his impressive legal career.”
Wright said “I very much look forward to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston – an organization that contributes meaningfully to the national and regional economy, to policymaking, to financial stability, and ultimately to the economic wellbeing of all New Englanders.”
Kenneth Montgomery, the Boston Fed’s Chief Operating Officer, said “Steve brings not only outstanding legal and business expertise to the role, but also a deep commitment to public service and a long history of civic leadership.”
“As one of the leaders of Boston’s legal and business communities, Steve has made significant contributions to our city,” said James McDermott, the Boston-based chair of Holland & Knight’s Business Section. “He has fought tirelessly on behalf of diversity in the legal profession and has mentored countless young diverse lawyers at our firm and elsewhere.”
At Holland & Knight, Wright has served as lead counsel and strategic advisor for several Fortune 500 companies, addressing complex commercial, corporate, intellectual property, litigation and regulatory matters. He is named in Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation, and a Super Lawyer for business and corporate law.
Wright has been a director of SBLI Mutual Insurance Company, and will step down from that board before joining the Fed. His nonprofit board affiliations include Atrius Health and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Wright is a member of the Boston Fed’s Diversity Advisory Council, and was named one of the 50 Most Influential Bostonians by the Boston Business Journal.
Wright holds a law degree from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Carolina University. He is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight in 1999, Wright served in the offices of the Mayor of the City of New York, the New York City Public Advocate, and the Massachusetts Attorney General. He previously served as a trustee of The Boston Bar Foundation, Boston Mayor Menino’s Economic Advisory Board, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Professional Ethics. He also served as faculty of Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop and as a lecturer at Northeastern University.
About the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is one of 12 regional banks that, together with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, DC, make up the Federal Reserve System. As the nation's central bank, the Federal Reserve System formulates and implements U.S. monetary policy, supervises banks and bank holding companies, and provides financial services to depository institutions and the federal government.
The Boston Federal Reserve Bank serves the First Federal Reserve District, which includes all of New England except Fairfield County, Connecticut. Within the District, the Bank monitors local economic conditions to aid in the formulation of monetary policy; engages in outreach to promote economic growth and community revitalization; supervises banks and bank holding companies; and provides financial services to facilitate banking operations.
About Holland & Knight LLP
Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and other professionals in 28 offices throughout the world. The firm’s lawyers provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.