Cantwell F. Muckenfuss III is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he focuses on the representation of financial institutions in matters involving financial regulation and public policy. Before joining the firm in 1981, Mr. Muckenfuss was Senior Deputy Comptroller for policy at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (1978-81) and Special Assistant to the Director (1974-77) and Counsel to the Chairman (1977-78) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In 1979, he received the Department of the Treasury Special Achievement Award, and in 1980, he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award.
Mr. Muckenfuss is a founder, member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of City First Bank of D.C., N.A., a community development bank in Washington, D.C. He is also Chairman of the Board of City First Enterprises, Inc., the non-profit controlling shareholder of City First Bank. He is a former Co-Chair of the International Banking and Finance Committee, Section of International Law and Practice, American Bar Association. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Review of Banking and Financial Services, the Editorial Advisory Board of Electronic Banking Law and Commerce Report, and served as a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He is a frequent speaker at financial services conferences and seminars. He was a member of the Core Consultative Group of the Global Bank Insolvency Initiative of the World Bank. He is currently a Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.
Mr. Muckenfuss is a founder and former Chair of the Petra Foundation, a small foundation which provides recognition and support to unsung individuals making distinctive contributions to racial justice, human freedom and community development. He is currently a member of the Arts Advisory Board of The Arts Arena of The American University of Paris, Chair of the Advisory Council of the International Psychotherapy Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of The Roosevelt Institute and has served on the boards of the Lowell School and the Washington Episcopal School and was a member of the Vestry of St. Columba's Episcopal Church.
Mr. Muckenfuss received his bachelor of arts degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his law degree from Yale Law School. He was law clerk to the Honorable William E. Miller of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1971-72) and an attorney and project developer at the Bedford-Stuyvesant D and S Corporation, a community development corporation (1972-73).