Russel D. Francisco joined Bank of America’s Legal Department in June 2010. Russ is part of the Regulatory Inquiries Group’s (“RIG”).
Russ manages a national portfolio of over 240 RIG matters across Bank of America’s wealth management businesses, which include Merrill Lynch and Merrill Edge. RIG’s wealth management team covers over 27,982 registered representatives (exclusive of registered supervisory principals) and conducts significant regulatory internal investigations, including investigations for matters involving the SEC, FINRA, OCC, DOJ, DOL, IRS, and state securities regulators; federal and state law enforcement agencies; and grand jury and criminal trial matters. Russ provides legal counseling to senior business leaders concerning these RIG matters, as well as operational, compliance, employment, regulatory, and other related legal issues. Russ oversees, manages, and coordinates a roster of national law firms and other professional vendors, and manages budgets for same.
Russ obtained his J.D., with honors, from St. John’s University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A., with honors, from New York University in 1998. While at St. John’s Law School, Russ was the Associate Managing Editor of the Law Review. Russ was previously a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and Wolff & Samson PC.