Melvin F. Williams Jr.

Melvin F. Williams Jr. serves as the Vice President/General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Prior to joining MCC, Williams spent 13 years at Citigroup, most recently as the Director and Counsel in Citigroup’s Legal Research and Control Group where he managed the team responsible for the firm’s Restricted Trading List, and the information flow of transactions; he provided advice on the prevention of insider trading and the misuse of material non-public information.  Williams also advised Citigroup on transactional conflicts.  Previous to this role, Williams served as Regulatory Counsel, representing Citigroup in significant international, federal, state, and SRO investigations.

Prior to joining Citigroup, Williams was a litigator with Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP, and Debevoise & Plimpton, focusing on securities enforcement defense, white collar matters, and internal investigations.  Before entering private practice, Williams clerked for Judge Consuelo Bland Marshall, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.

Williams received his A.B. in Political Science with highest distinction at the University of California, Berkeley, during which time he studied at the American University in Cairo; and his J.D. at Harvard Law School, where he was a C. Clyde Ferguson Human Rights Fellow in South Africa, Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal, and Commencement Speaker.

Williams has been a panelist on various topics relating to securities enforcement, ethics and client management; he is admitted in New York and California, as well as various federal courts.


  • Vice President/General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Millennium Challenge Corporation