J. Kevin McCarthy

Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel

J. Kevin McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Kevin McCarthy is a Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of BNY Mellon. A member of the company’s Executive Committee, Kevin heads BNY Mellon’s global Legal Department, and also has overall responsibility for Government Affairs, the Corporate Secretarial function and Global Corporate Security.


Kevin was appointed to his current position in April 2014. He joined BNY Mellon in 2010 as Deputy General Counsel and led the Litigation, Enforcement and Employment Law functions. In 2013 he was appointed Senior Deputy General Counsel and assumed additional responsibility for the legal teams supporting the company’s Asset Servicing businesses and corporate center functions.


Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Kevin was General Counsel of Cowen Group, Inc., a diversified investment bank and financial services firm. From 2004 to 2007, he was a partner at Wilmer Hale, focused on securities and litigation matters. From 1996 to 2004, Kevin was at Credit Suisse First Boston in a variety of roles, most recently as Managing Director and Global Head of Litigation. Kevin began his legal career as an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.


Kevin is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, The Legal Aid Society, Albany Law School of Union University, International House and the Cameron Kravitt Foundation. He is also the Chair of The Clearing House Association Board of Directors.


Kevin received a B.A. from Siena College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.