Alita T. Wingfield


Alita T. Wingfield is an Executive Director and Head of Bank Non-Market Risk at Morgan Stanley Bank N.A. In that role, she reports to the Chief Operating Officer and manages the Operational Risk (including Anti-Money Laundering Risk), Compliance Risk and Reputational Risk of the Bank. Prior to her transition from Morgan Stanley to Morgan Stanley Bank, she was the Managing Attorney of the Global Litigation Group and was responsible for writing litigation policies and procedures, providing advice on regulatory reporting, managing and coordinating matter management, internal risk reporting, litigation disclosures, legal reserves, and Sox and internal audit testing.


Alita is the former Chair of the Legal and Compliance Division’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The Committee is involved in several programs and initiatives, including programs to share best practices with outside counsel law firms, several initiatives focused on women issues, a summer intern program for 1st year law students, Legal Outreach (a college prep and legal education not-for-profit), and the South African Fellows  Program. Until January of 2014, she also served as Chair of the LCD Supplier Diversity Initiative, aimed at increasing LCD use of minority- and women-owned law firms. In recognition of her diversity and inclusion efforts, Alita was awarded the 2013 New York City Bar Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award and the 2013 Corporate Counsel Women of Color Individual Star Diversity Award of Excellence.


Alita is on the Board of Directors of Sanctuary for Families - New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence.


Alita is also on the Advisory Council of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms.  


Alita started her career as a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter in DC. During her career she has worked at large firms (Arnold & Porter and Paul Weiss (NY)), a small firm (Hangley Aronchick, Segal & Pudlin) and in-house (Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley).  


Alita graduated from Spelman College, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science in 1994. She also holds a J.D. from Howard University School of Law, cum laude. She also obtained a LL.M. in Trial Advocacy, cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in New York, Maryland, D.C. and Pennsylvania.  


Alita truly believes that flexibility, a partner in parenting and excellent child care are the keys to her career success. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, watching movies and spending time with her family.  Alita is married to her college sweetheart Eddie, a Morehouse College and Temple Medical School graduate and an Interventional Cardiologist. She has four children, Isaiah (18), Imani (16) and Laila (7) and Anthony (5).

Practice Areas

  • Banking Law

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