Adrienne K. Eason-Wheatley
Managing CounselBNY Mellon
Adrienne Eason-Wheatley is Managing Counsel for The Bank of New York Mellon, where she provides pre-litigation, strategic guidance to senior executives and manages civil litigation matters arising from all of the bank’s major business lines, including asset servicing, corporate trust, capital markets, securities finance, treasury services, investment management, and wealth management. She also serves as the managing counsel for a series of FINRA arbitrations against broker-dealer Pershing LLC.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Adrienne was a litigation partner at Latham & Watkins, where she advised C-Level executives and successfully litigated high-stakes, multi-billion dollar cases – including through mediation, arbitration, trial and appeal in state and federal courts – for Fortune 500 companies, private entities, boards of directors, board committees, and individuals in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. She began her career representing global clients on strategy and litigation matters at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
Adrienne graduated with high honors from Princeton University, with honors from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and with honors from Harvard Law School. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Princeton University, on the Board of Directors for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, as Vice-Chair of the City Bar Association’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention, and as a member of the Federal Courts Committee, where she chaired the subcommittee responsible for publishing a handbook on Appeals in the Second Circuit. Adrienne is deeply committed to pro bono work and to mentoring young attorneys.