Matthew L. Biben, a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, has been appointed today by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination, which screens candidates for vacancies on the Court of Appeals. Appointments to the 12-member commission are divided evenly among the three branches of government. He will be replacing Margaret Morton, who is resigning from the Commission, and serving the balance of her term, which expires on March 31, 2018. His appointment is effective immediately.
Mr. Biben is a litigation partner and member of the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group, Banking & Consumer Finance and Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practices. His practice focuses on problem-solving by advising organizations and individuals and investigating, negotiating and litigating complicated regulatory and enforcement matters of all types, with a particular focus on matters related to financial institutions and complex situations involving the government.
Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Biben served as General Counsel of Consumer and Community Banking for JPMorgan Chase. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. He began his legal career in government, first as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office and later as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Biben has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for more than 21 years. Among other affiliations, he sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the New York Legal Assistance Group and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. He also serves as a director of Emigrant Bank and The New York Private Bank and Trust and as a Trustee of Cornell University. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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