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Jamie Gorelick

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Ms. Gorelick's career has spanned the legal, policy and corporate landscape. Over the course of her career, she has represented diverse interests in complex civil and criminal litigation, internal corporate investigations and counseling on issues at the intersection of law, policy and governance. 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. For the last three years, she has been Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Legal Ethics 20/20.

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 litigation and law enforcement divisions of the Department, including 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. She is currently a member of the Defense Policy Board and the Defense Legal Policy Board at the US Department of Defense. Previously, 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 was a member of the Commission on Science and Security at the Department of Energy and is currently serving on the Continuity of Government Commission.

A Broad and Deep Background

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.

Case History

  • Other Court Admissions
    • United States Supreme Court

Awards

  • ADL Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer Memorial Foundation Award (received on behalf of Clinton Administration)
  • American Bar Association Margaret Brent Award (1997)
  • American Jewish Committee Judge Learned Hand Award (1999)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia Lawyer of the Year (2004)
  • DC Chamber of Commerce's Corporate Leadership Award (2003)
  • Department of Justice Edmund J. Randolph Award (1997)
  • Director of Central Intelligence Award (1997)
  • Equal Justice Works Outstanding Advocate of the Year (1997)
  • Good Scout Award, National Capital Area Boy Scouts (2008)
  • Mansfield Award, National Association of Women Lawyers (2011)
  • NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Aiming High Award (2002)
  • Prominent Woman in International Law (1994)
  • Radcliffe College Alumnae Recognition Award (1997)
  • Secretary of Defense Distinguished Service Award (1994)
  • Secretary of Energy Outstanding Service Award (1980)
  • Wickersham Award for Exceptional Public Service and Dedication to the Legal Profession (1998)
  • Women's Bar Association Star of the Bar Award (2003)
  • Women's Bar Association Women Lawyer of the Year (1993)

Client Comments

  • "If you have a bet-the-company matter, you can't do better than to hire Jamie Gorelick. She is as good as they come. "

    Denali Kemppel

    Arctic Slope Regional Corporation

  • "Jamie Gorelick is simply the "best of the class". With her background in national security from being general counsel at DOD, in judicial matters from her work as the Deputy Attorney General, with her business savvy from her board service and business clients, and with her bipartisan strong connections on the Hill, she can provide legal, political, and business advice and support of the highest caliber in an extremely responsive manner. Jamie is recognized as the "go-to" person on sensitive matters, whether classified or business. She takes on the most complex issues and problems, and always does a super job."

    Arnold J. Punaro

    Science Applications International Corp

  • "Jamie is a trusted advisor, in whom I have great confidence, and for whom I feel great respect and also affection. She is highly responsive and is very pro-active in thinking through the potential implications of policy developments for her clients."

    Anonymous

  • "Jamie Gorelick is excellent at handling tough government issues."

    Anonymous

  • "Jamie Gorelick is the best government lawyer in DC. She takes a real and unique interest in working strategically with the client. She is an exemplary "problem-solver"."

    Anonymous

  • "Jamie is very talented, commands any meeting, and has insight and clarity clients cherish."

    David Snively
    Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
    Monsanto Company

  • "Ms. Gorelick is a terrific counselor. She brings all her tremendous, wide-ranging experience and good judgment to bear on any type of legal or business problem. She responds immediately to inquiries no matter where she is, and provides sound and always-timely advice. She is extremely good to work with. I do not hesitate in going to her for advice."

    Kenneth Handal
    EVP, Global Risk & Compliance, & Corporate Secretary
    CA, Inc.

  • "Jamie has a breadth of experience that is invaluable in tackling some of the trickiest legal and policy matters. She is very responsive, smart, articulate, and passionate. I enjoy working with her."

    Allen Waxman

    Pfizer Inc.

  • "Jamie Gorelick is a superb lawyer with broad experience in civil, investigative, and government matters. Jaime brings great judgment and integrity to such matters."

    Anonymous

  • "Jamie is an extraordinary attorney. Her familiarity with the political process, coupled with her overall experience and practical legal skills, makes her a unique asset to those companies in need of advice and counsel in matters that involve legislative and/or law enforcement issues."

    Steve Reynolds
    SVP, General Counsel
    Alcatel-Lucent

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Locations

1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-663-6500
Firm Phone: 202-663-6000

Practice Areas

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

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Education

  • Harvard University (BA)
  • Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, United States
  • New York, United States