Karlyn J. Hunter serves as Counsel in the Bank Activities Unit of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Legal Division’s Supervision, Legislation and Enforcement Branch where she provides advice and counsel on bank mergers, banking legislation and analysis, branching matters, and de novo bank applications, among other matters. Prior to joining the Bank Activities Unit, Karlyn served as the Special Assistant-Counsel to then Senior Deputy General Counsel (now General Counsel) of the FDIC’s Legal Division, providing advice and counsel on matters impacting the corporate operations. Previously, she served as a Senior Attorney in the Office of Financial Institution Adjudication (OFIA), advising its administrative law judges on enforcement actions brought by the FDIC, Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the National Credit Union Administration. Prior to joining the FDIC, Karlyn served both as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for over14 years, prosecuting a variety of cases from human trafficking and international narcotics matters to white-collar crime, including bank fraud, money laundering and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. Karlyn was also the first DOJ Resident Legal Advisor to serve in the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, advising the U.S. Ambassador and providing training to Ghanaian law enforcement officials and their judiciary on investigating and prosecuting their human trafficking cases.
Karlyn began her career in the District of Columbia as a DOJ Honors Program Attorney. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hampton University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and earned her law degree from Columbia Law School as a Tony Patiño Fellow. After law school, she served as a law clerk to the late Hon. William B. Bryant, United States District Court, District of Columbia.