Claude E. Walker
Claude Earl Walker was born in England to Clyde and Mayda Walker, but raised in New York City, where he excelled in the New York City public schools in debating and the arts. He attended the State University of New York at Albany, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and then attended Albany Law School in New York, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1993.
He started his legal career at the Virgin Islands Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Solicitor General’s Division, working under the guidance of the Solicitor General at the time, Paul Gimenez, where he learned to write legal opinions, review and draft legal contracts, and represent the government before the Public Employees’ Relations Board, among other things.
Upon departing from the Territory, a few weeks before Hurricane Marilyn, he served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark Law Department, where he regularly appeared in New Jersey Superior Court. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as Enforcement Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), Office of Regulatory Enforcement, where he brought environmental enforcement actions against violators of a number of federal laws pertaining to toxins and pesticides.
He was later appointed to manage EPA’s national enforcement lead-based paint program, which included bringing the first set of administrative cases against violators of EPA’s childhood lead poisoning law, and authored the law review article entitled “EPA’s Enforcement of the Lead-Based Paint Rule” published in the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal.
He then worked as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he handled many matters closely with federal law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Department of Homeland Security to develop anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing policies.
He later returned to the Territory to work as a prosecutor at DOJ, first, in the White Collar/Public Corruption Unit, bringing a number of high profile cases, and then, as a prosecutor in the homicide division. After five years in that capacity, he became Legal Counsel/REO Manager for Scotiabank USVI, where he had oversight of the legal division, which included director oversight of outside counsels, whereby, he was able to reduce significantly, the cost of outside counsels to the bank.
He was also responsible for the foreclosure and collections unit, which included taking possession of bank-owned properties, overseeing vendors and negotiating sales of bank properties.
Attorney Walker was then appointed Associate, Regional Counsel for Litigation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) in Atlanta. That office oversees HUD’s activities in most of the southern states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. At HUD, he supervised a staff of attorney-advisors, and paralegals on a wide range of matters, including affirmative and defensive litigation.
In August of 2015, he was nominated by Governor Kenneth E. Mapp as Attorney General for the U.S. Virgin islands. A member of the Virgin Islands, New York, New Jersey and District of Columbia bars, and an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, he has been married to his college sweetheart, Amber Walker, for over 20 years, and has two daughters. He is also the proud nephew of Wendell Walker of Walker’s By The Sea.