Named a 2018 “Lifetime Achiever” by The American Lawyer and a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America, Jamie Gorelick has had a career spanning the legal, policy and corporate landscapes.
As one of Washington’s best-known litigators, Ms. Gorelick has represented corporations and individuals in a wide array of matters, particularly in the regulatory and enforcement arenas, involving issues as diverse as antitrust, environmental regulation, securities enforcement, national security regulation, etc. A leader in the bar, she was President of the District of Columbia Bar from 1992 to 1993.
Ms. Gorelick was one of the longest serving Deputy Attorneys General of the United States, the second highest position in the Department of Justice. In that role, she supervised the entire Department, including its litigation and law enforcement divisions and the United States Attorneys’ Offices.
Ms. Gorelick arrived at Justice from the Department of Defense, where she was General Counsel. There, she helped structure the Department’s involvement in the consolidation of the defense industry in the 1990s and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Service Medal for her service.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Gorelick was Vice Chair of the Task Force on the Audit, Inspection and Investigation Components of the Department of Defense. She was also Assistant to the Secretary and Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of Energy, and was presented with the Secretary’s Outstanding Service Medal.
Ms. Gorelick has served on numerous government boards and commissions, particularly in the national security arena. She is a current member of the Defense Policy Board and a former member of the Defense Legal Policy Board at the US Department of Defense.
Ms. Gorelick was a member of the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”). She also was a member of the CIA’s National Security Advisory Panel, former President Bush’s Review of Intelligence Committee and former President Clinton’s Advisory Committee to the Presidential Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (which she co-chaired), among others.
She maintains a strong interest and expertise in cybersecurity and other aspects of national security. She was a member of the Commission on Science and Security at the Department of Energy and the Continuity of Government Commission.
Ms. Gorelick’s diverse experience in both the public and private sectors—combined with her experience in the corporate boardroom and in the international arena—enables her to assist organizations operating in competitive and complex markets. She regularly helps companies address crises that cut across all branches of government as well as the press.
Her recent matters have involved industries as diverse as financial services, telecommunications, technology, agriculture, algorithmic trading, biotechnology, government contracting, etc., with subject matters traversing gender equality, market competition, data privacy, cybersecurity, criminal defense and board governance, among others.
- Ms. Gorelick, who frequently counsels boards on governance issues, is a Director of both Amazon.com, where she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board, and Verisign. She is Chair of the Urban Institute. She was Vice Chair of Fannie Mae from 1997 to 2003 and was a member of the boards of United Technologies and Schlumberger, Ltd.
- Ms. Gorelick is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations at the Trilateral Commission.
- She was a founder of and serves on the Leadership Council of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
- JD, Harvard Law School, 1975
- BA, Harvard University, 1972
- District of Columbia
- New York
- United States Supreme Court
GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE :
- Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, General Counsel
- Department of Energy, Assistant to the Secretary and Counsel to the Deputy Secretary
- Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General
- Federal Commissions and Task Forces, Commissioner, National Commission on Terrorist Threats Upon the United States.
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