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Amy S. Friend

Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel

Amy S. Friend is Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). 

In this role, Ms. Friend oversees all of the agency’s legal activities, including legal advisory services to banks and examiners, enforcement and compliance activities, litigation, legislative initiatives, and regulation of securities and corporate practices of national banks. Ms. Friend further oversees the agency's licensing and community affairs functions. She is also a member of the agency's Executive Committee and assumed these duties in February 2013. 

Prior to rejoining the OCC in this role, Ms. Friend served as Managing Director at Promontory Financial Group from 2011 advising clients on a variety of regulatory, strategic, and compliance issues. From 2008 to 2010, she served as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. 

Ms. Friend previously worked at the OCC from 1998 to 2008 as Assistant Chief Counsel. 

Prior to her work at the OCC, Ms. Friend spent 10 years as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs (now the House Committee on Financial Services), including serving as the minority general counsel for the committee and general counsel for the Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage. 

Ms. Friend began working on Capitol Hill in 1987 as legislative assistant to Congressman Charles Schumer and then as counsel to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, part of the Judiciary Committee. In 1991, she was legislative director to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. 

Ms. Friend also worked as an associate in Brownstein, Zeidman and Schomer between 1984 and 1986, and as an associate at Jenner and Block in 1987. 

She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Pennsylvania.