Jim Vivenzio is presently the Senior Counsel for BSA/AML for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in Washington D.C. In this position, Mr. Vivenzio serves in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the OCC Law Department and reports directly to the Deputy Chief Counsel. His areas of practice mainly involve Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance policy and enforcement matters, and operational and fraud risks involving payment systems. Mr. Vivenzio is a member of the Interagency Cybercrime Working Group, the Interagency Payments Fraud Working Group, the FS-ISAC Payments Fraud Working Group and he has participated on several Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG) Subcommittees.
Mr. Vivenzio previously served as the OCC’s Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief Counsels and as the Acting Senior Advisor to the Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Operations. From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Vivenzio served as a Senior Attorney in the OCC’s Northeastern District Office in New York City where he worked on various bank advisory, licensing and BSA/AML enforcement matters.
A native of Northern New Jersey, Mr. Vivenzio began his career as an associate with the law firm White & Case in New York City. He received his J.D. degree from the Fordham University School of Law, was a member of the International Law Journal, and worked as a senior auditor with Coopers & Lybrand while attending law school in the evening. He received a B.S. degree from the Fordham University College of Business Administration and was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor society. Mr. Vivenzio also participates in the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Financial Integrity Program as an Adjunct Professor of Law for the 2016-2017 academic year. Mr. Vivenzio is a member of the New York Bar, the New Jersey Bar and the New York State Bar Association.