Aaron M. Zebley Rejoins WilmerHale From Special Counsel’s Office

Aaron M. Zebley Rejoins WilmerHale From Special Counsel’s Office


WilmerHale is pleased to announce that Aaron M. Zebley is rejoining the firm as a partner after serving in the Special Counsel’s Office in the US Department of Justice.

Mr. Zebley left the firm in 2017 to join Robert S. Mueller III and James L. Quarles when Mr. Mueller was appointed special counsel. Messrs. Mueller and Quarles are also rejoining the firm. Mr. Zebley served as deputy special counsel and was responsible for day-to-day oversight of the investigations conducted by the office.

At WilmerHale, Mr. Zebley will return to a practice that focuses on high-profile investigations, cybersecurity and data breach issues, national security matters, and defending clients facing government enforcement actions. Mr. Zebley has conducted complex national and international investigations and advised the nation's leaders on public responses to a range of sensitive issues.

“Few lawyers understand federal law enforcement and national security as well as Aaron,” said Robert Novick, co-managing partner of WilmerHale. “His experience benefits clients and lawyers across our firm. We couldn’t be more pleased that he’s returning to the firm.”  

“Public service is a great honor and I’m glad to return to a firm that shares that view,” Mr. Zebley said. “Also, the firm remains a tremendous platform from which I can help clients navigate their toughest challenges, so I’m thrilled to be back.” 

Mr. Zebley has more than 18 years of public sector experience at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Department of Justice, and a US attorney’s office. He served as chief of staff for the FBI, including when Mr. Mueller was FBI director. He was also a senior counselor in the National Security Division at the Justice Department. 

He was an assistant US attorney in the National Security and Terrorism Unit in Alexandria, VA and an FBI special agent in the Counterterrorism Division.

Mr. Zebley earned his law degree in 1996 at University of Virginia School of Law and his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in 1992 from the College of William and Mary.