Heath Tarbert is the head of Weil's Financial Regulatory Reform Working Group and a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. A dual qualified U.S.-U.K. lawyer, Mr. Tarbert is recognized for his transactional and regulatory expertise involving U.S. and foreign banks, thrifts, credit unions, non-bank financial institutions, and holding companies. He also practices in the area of derivatives and complex financial products. Mr. Tarbert is also called upon to provide crisis management advice to officers and board members.
Mr. Tarbert joined Weil after serving as Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, where he was a lead expert and negotiator on the various legislative proposals that culminated in the sweeping Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Tarbert served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States. During his tenure at the White House Counsel’s Office, Mr. Tarbert was responsible for legal issues relating to the financial markets and was designated counsel to the National Economic Council and the Council of Economic Advisers. Before his White House service, Mr. Tarbert served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States, and to Chief Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He also practiced law as an Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and as an Associate at a New York-based law firm.
Apart from his legal practice and policy efforts, Mr. Tarbert has made numerous media appearances, including for Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg, among others, and is a frequent speaker and author on financial regulation and issues of import to the financial services industry. He is currently on the Board of Editors of the Banking Law Journal and on the Board of Advisors of the Review of Banking and Financial Services. In addition, he serves as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Systemically Important Financial Institutions of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association, and was recently elected to the Banking Committee Executive Council of the Federal Bar Association. Mr. Tarbert is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of The Bretton Woods Committee.