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Tamela M. Merriweather

Senior Vice President 
Assistant General Counsel  
The Northern Trust Company  

Tamela Merriweather is Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for The Northern Trust Company. Tamela represents Northern Trust’s Global Securities Finance business and advises on significant domestic and global regulatory issues.  

Prior to joining Northern Trust, Tamela practiced in the Chicago and London offices of Mayer Brown. Tamela began her legal career as a clerk to the Honorable Alan C. Page and the Honorable Helen M. Meyer of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Before attending law school, Tamela had the privilege of serving as a U.S. Department of State intern at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.  

Tamela is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Lawyers and has served as a leader of the Legal, Tax, and Regulatory Subcommittee of the Risk Management Association’s Securities Lending Council for many years. Tamela is also an alumna of the Corporate Leadership Center’s Leading Women Executives Program.  

Tamela grew up in San Diego and currently lives outside of Chicago. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Spelman College and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.  Tamela is admitted to practice law in Illinois.