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A prominent New York attorney, Gerald Walpin was nominated to the post of Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service by President George W. Bush, confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office on January 8, 2007.
He lead the Office of Inspector General (OIG), an independent Federal agency charged with oversight over the taxpayer supported Corporation and its service programs, including AmeriCorps, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and Senior Corps, serving in this role until 2009.
As the Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Gerald Walpin pursued a vigorous effort to investigate and prosecute all persons who betray the public’s trust by defrauding the Corporation and its programs.
A New York City native, Mr. Walpin graduated from College of the City of New York in 1952. He earned his law degree, cum laude, in 1955 from Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. From 1957-60, he served as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General.
His career included a five-year stint as Chief of Prosecutions for the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he successfully prosecuted a number of high-profile cases. He spent more than 40 years as senior partner and, more recently, of counsel to New York-based Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
Mr. Walpin has represented a wide range of clients, including large public corporations, securities brokerage firms, accounting firms, law firms, banks in lender liability claims, and individuals, both American and foreign, in securities litigations, employment litigations, criminal prosecutions, and investigations by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Both as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and in his law firm, he was frequently called upon to investigate fraudulent conduct.
Included in the published compilation “The Best Lawyers in America,” Mr. Walpin served from 2002-2004 as president of the Federal Bar Council, the association of attorneys practicing in the Second Circuit Federal courts. In 2003, he was honored with the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for outstanding professionalism as an attorney and for mentoring younger lawyers.
Walpin and his wife Sheila, married for more than 50 years, have three children and six grandchildren.