Eleanor J. Hill is partner of King & Spalding LLP. With decades of investigative experience in the executive and legislative branches of government, as well as in private practice, Eleanor Hill specializes in congressional and Inspector General investigations, internal investigations, compliance, crisis management and issues related to national security.
A partner in our Government Advocacy practice and leader of our National Security, Defense Industry and Intelligence team, Eleanor has represented clients in financial services, defense, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and many other industries.
Eleanor has extensive experience in high-level government positions. As Staff Director for the House and Senate Intelligence Committees’ Joint Inquiry on the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, she led the bipartisan investigation that reviewed all relevant U.S. intelligence and first uncovered missed opportunities in pre-9/11 counterterrorist efforts.
Previously, Eleanor was appointed by President Clinton to be Inspector General to the Department of Defense. In that role, she directed audits, criminal and administrative investigations, and investigative policy throughout the Department. A leader in the inspector general community, Eleanor served as vice-chair of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, co-chair of the Intelligence Community Inspectors General Forum and a member of the Attorney General’s Council on White Collar Crime.
As Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Eleanor led numerous domestic and international congressional investigations. She also served as Liaison Counsel for the Senate Select Committee responsible for the Iran-Contra investigation. Having spent nearly 17 years conducting congressional investigations, she now uses that expertise to assist clients facing high-profile and high-risk congressional inquiries.
Eleanor is also an experienced federal prosecutor and trial lawyer. Serving both as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a Special Attorney with the Organized Crime Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, she has substantial grand jury, trial and appellate experience. She speaks frequently on topics relating to congressional and government investigations, national security, intelligence policy and counterterrorism.
- J.D., Florida State University College of Law
- B.S., Florida State University
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
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