Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • B.A., University of Rhode Island, cum laude
  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law
  • North Carolina, 2008
  • New York, 1982
  • New Jersey, 1981
  • Financial Services Regulation
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

Edward P. O'Keefe

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Ed O’Keefe, former Global General Counsel of Bank of America Corporation, advises and represents financial institutions. Having also headed or served as a senior executive with Bank of America's compliance, technology, human resources and operations functions, O’Keefe’s broad experience includes all aspects of investigations, litigation, regulatory compliance, governance, cybersecurity, risk management and compensation. O’Keefe’s practice includes advising on all aspects of regulatory compliance, including BSA/AML, anti-bribery/anti-corruption, resolution planning, stress testing and responding to regulatory inquiries. He also advises General Counsel and their leaders on law department management, including engagement with regulators and control functions. A former Deputy General Counsel for Deutsche Bank AG and Chair of The Clearing House Association, O’Keefe has represented financial institutions before the U.S. Congress and the U.K. financial regulatory authorities, global agencies and courts, as well as the Federal Reserve, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

O’Keefe is recognized for his legal and public service, including for his service on the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Advisory Board, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Center, Board Chair of the United Way of Central Carolinas and President of Council for Children’s Rights. O’Keefe is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and also serves on the US Global Leadership Coalition’s North Carolina Advisory Committee and the Best Lawyers’ Board of Advisors. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including Law 360 Innovative Law Department for the Bank of America Legal Department, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence, the American Corporate Counsel Association Pro Bono Award, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, North Carolina Super Lawyer and Business North Carolina Legal Elite. O’Keefe regularly speaks and publishes on bank regulatory issues, cybersecurity and legal risk management.  He is a co-author of the Regulatory Investigative Chapter in the treatise, Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, published by Thompson Reuters and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Of Note


  • Board Chair, United Way of Central Carolinas, 2015, 2016
  • President, Council for Children’s Rights, 2014, 2015
  • Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Advisory Board
  • Best Lawyers’ Board of Advisors
  • Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Board
  • UNC Center for Banking and Finance Board of Advisors
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee Board of Advisors
  • North Carolina Advisory Committee, US Global Leadership Coalition
  • Chair, Vice-Chair, The Clearing House Association, 2011, 2012
  • Steering Committee Co-chair, General Counsel Leadership Network, 2011-2015

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Chambers USA-Nationwide, Financial Services Regulation: Banking, 2019-2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, 2021
  • Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell for 15 years
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Law 360 Innovative Law Department Award for the Bank of America Legal Department
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite
  • American Corporate Counsel Association Pro Bono Award
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award, 2015


Representative Seminars

  • Panel Presentation: SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar, "Intersection of Banking & Wealth Management" (March 26, 2019)
  • Panel Presentation: SIFMA C&L Society Charlotte Regional Seminar, "Intersection of Banking & Wealth Management" (September 24, 2018)
  • Speaker: Duke University School of Law, "Regulation of Foreign Banking Organizations" (March 27, 2018) 
  • Co-Coordinator: UNC School of Law 2018 Banking Institute, "LIBOR and the Potential Replacement Reference Rates: Where Do We Go from Here?" (March 22, 2018)
  • Speaker: TMA SE Regional Conference & Capital Mall, "Regulatory Effect on Lending Environment" (June 2, 2017) 
  • Panel Presentation: Bank Regulation and Lending, Where to Now? (April 19, 2017)
  • Panel Presentation: The Emerging Role of the General Counsel (April 18, 2017)
  • Panel Presentation: The Ethical Implications of Dealing with Regulators (March 24, 2017)
  • Presentation: The Rise of FinTechs and Their Impact on the Financial Industry (January 25, 2017)
  • Panel presentation: Managing Law Firm Pricing, Profitability, and Compensation, Predictability: "Giving Clients ‎What They Want" (September 14, 2016)
  • Moderator: Vantage Executive Summit, "Big Picture Issues: Legal Community Collaboration - Risks and Opportunities" (May 24, 2016)
  • Panel Presentation: Bank of America 5th Annual Litigation Roundtable Summit (May 3, 2016)
  • Moderator: UNC School of Law Banking Institute, “Bank Conduct, Culture and Governance” (March 31, 2016) 
  • Panel Presentation: The Knowledge Group, “Effective Data Security Management: Keeping Your Data Protected in the Cloud” (March 22, 2016)
  • Panel Presentation: 2nd Annual Disruption in the Delivery of Legal Services: Evolution and Revolution?, “New Paths for Law Firms – Law Firm Leaders Panel” (February 26, 2016)
  • Moderator: Reinventing the Legal Function, "Evolution of the General Counsel’s Role" (November 4, 2015)
  • Panel presentation: Managing Law Firm Pricing, Profitability, and Compensation, "Future of Law Firms’ Pricing" (October 27, 2015)
  • Moderator: “Session with Local General Counsel” GLAMM Globalaw Annual Members Meeting (October 22, 2015)
  • Moderator: “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing and the DOJ’s Yates Memo:  The Evolving Role for In-House Counsel in the Current Enforcement Environment” Association of Corporate Counsel (October 7, 2015)
  • Panel presentation: “Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility” Corporate Social Leadership Course, Fordham Law School (June 11, 2015)
  • Panel presentation: Association of Trade and Forfaiting in the Americas Annual Conference, "Anatomy of a Fraud" (May 4, 2015)
  • Panel presentation: EY Financial Services Legal, Compliance and Technology Forum, “Cybercrime, Investigations and the Evolving Regulatory Landscape” (April 2015)
  • Panel presentation: The Delivery of Legal Services: ‘Disruption, Eruption or Interruption?’, Corporate Counsel Panel: "Are Clients Driving a Fundamental Restructuring of Legal Service Delivery Models?” (April 2015)
  • Panel presentation: General Counsel Roundtable, “A Conversation with General Counsel: Straightforward Advice for Boards and Management” (May 2014)
  • Panel presentation: Thomson Reuters 2014 Legal Executive Briefing Panel (May 2014)
  • Panel presentation: Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Compliance and Legal Society Annual Seminar, "Doing More With Less: Issues Facing In-House Compliance & Legal Departments " (April 2014)
  • Panel presentation: North Carolina Bar Association’s: "Why Behave? How Professionalism Benefits Your Career, Your Practice, Your Clients & Your Health, Real Conduct in the Real World: Panelist/Audience Interactive Discussion of Hypotheticals” (December 2013)
  • Guest Speaker: EY Americas Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services Executive Conference (July 2013)
  • Panel presentation: Fordham Law Corporate Compliance Forum, "What a Compliance Officer Needs to Know: Creating an LL.M." (April 2013)
  • Panel presentation: 2013 New York Legal Market Conference, “Are Clients Driving a Fundamental Restructuring of Firms?” (April 2013)
  • Panel presentation: SIFMA Compliance and Legal Society Annual Seminar, "Evolving Legal and Compliance Department Operating Models" (March 2013)
  • Panel presentation: Pricing and Profitability Conference: Anatomy of a Fixed Fee Negotiation, “The New Market Dynamics – Structuring and Implementing Fixed Fee Arrangements” (November 2012)
  • Panel presentation: SIFMA Compliance and Legal Society Annual Seminar, "General Counsels Roundtable" (March 2012)
  • Panel presentation: Lawyers for Civil Justice 2011 Membership Meeting, "What’s Keeping U.S. Corporate Counsel Up At Night?" (December 2011)

Representative Matters

  • Advise Global Systemically Important Banks (G-SIBs) on their resolution plans required under Section 165d of the Dodd Frank Act
  • Advised a national bank on its submissions required under the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review
  • Advised a major financial advisory firm on the applicable requirements of the Dodd Frank Act
  • Advised a startup fintech enterprise on applicable bank regulatory obligations
  • Advised multiple financial institutions on their risk and compliance programs
  • Advised global financial institutions on responding to cross-border regulatory inquiries
  • Advised international lender on complex securities backed loan restructure


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Professional Affiliations

Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers’ Board of Advisors