Attorneys are not the type to run from pressure, but even by those standards, Jane Sherburne, Bank of New York Mellon’s  new senior vice president and general counsel, has spent most of her career managing game-changing crises in the highest levels of government, education and financial services.

In the mid-1990s, Sherburne was a special counsel to President Clinton, helping his administration mount defenses against the Whitewater, Travelgate, and billings records ethics investigations. Then she was co-lead outside counsel for the University of Michigan, for its successful defense of its affirmative action program before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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