Director Announces Appointment of Charles M. Steele
New Chief of Staff
Washington, D.C. – Director Robert S. Mueller,
III, today announced that Charles M. Steele will
serve as his Chief of Staff.
Mr. Steele is returning to the FBI from the law
firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where
he has served as Special Counsel in the firm’s
Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Group since
August 2003. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Steele served
as Deputy General Counsel in the FBI’s Office
of the General Counsel (OGC), where he provided
legal, policy and ethical advice to senior FBI and
Department of Justice officials on law enforcement,
national security, and policy matters.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Steele served as an
Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the
Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office
for the District of Arizona. Before that, he served
as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s
Office for the District of Columbia.
Director Mueller said, “I am pleased to welcome
Charlie back to the FBI. He will bring extensive
legal experience, management expertise, and outstanding
leadership to the job. I look forward to working
with Charlie again, and I am confident he will be
an invaluable asset to the FBI as it moves forward
to meet new challenges.”
Mr. Steele graduated from the University of Virginia
with a B.A. in Economics. He received his Juris
Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
He is a member of the Arizona State Bar, the Maryland
State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar.