Charles G. Cooper, commissioner of the Texas Department of Banking, has announced the selection of Robert K. Nichols III as the agency’s general counsel.
Nichols will be responsible for overseeing the legal division and providing advice to the banking commissioner, as well as other divisions across the agency. He will also be responsible for assisting in drafting rules that guide the department’s operations, as well as tracking and analyzing bills filed by legislators that impact the financial services industry in Texas.
Prior to joining the Texas Department of Banking, Nichols served as litigation counsel for Beal Bank. He managed litigation related to mortgage, real estate, bankruptcy and employment law matters. Prior to working in the banking industry, Nichols served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas and the Middle District of Alabama.
Nichols is a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served as a military commissions prosecutor, fighter wing deputy staff judge advocate and member of the Office of General Counsel for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He earned a BA degree in political science from Auburn University and his JD degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
“Robert is an experienced professional who can support the department and meet the challenges that come before us,” Cooper says.