Jamie Gorelick


  • Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department

Named a 2018 "Lifetime Achiever" by The American Lawyer and consistently named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America, Jamie Gorelick has had a career spanning the legal, policy and corporate landscapes.

In giving her their highest ranking, clients say, "when I think of crisis management, I think of her.” They cite Ms. Gorelick’s “unique knowledge and understanding of the legal and political landscape” (Chambers and Partners).

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. Ms. Gorelick is among our leaders in congressional investigations, has helped many institutions address issues relating to gender and race, and is sought as a counselor on climate issues. A leader in the bar, she was President of the District of Columbia Bar from 1992 to 1993 and has played many important roles in the American Bar Association. 

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 Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of Energy and Assistant to the Secretary, who awarded her the Secretary's Outstanding Service Medal.

Ms. Gorelick has served on numerous government boards and commissions, particularly in the national security arena. Ms. Gorelick was a member of the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”). She is Co-Chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Counsel. She was a long-serving member of the Defense Policy Board and the Defense Legal Policy Board at the U.S. Department of Defense. 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. 

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. She regularly helps companies address crises that involve all branches of government as well as reputational concerns. Her recent matters have involved both educational and other non-profit institutions, as well as 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 is also one of the few people who has not only prepared witnesses for congressional hearings, but also questioned witnesses at hearings and served as a witness herself, in various governmental roles. She handles congressional hearings as an integral part of her crisis management practice, and in the last two years alone, she has helped prepare senior executives for hearings involving a broad range of subjects as varied as industrial accidents, telecommunications mergers, technology issues and environmental concerns. 

Professional Activities

Ms. Gorelick has written numerous scholarly articles and is the co-author of a leading treatise on the maintenance of corporate documents, Destruction of Evidence (Wiley 1983). She Co-Chaired the American Bar Association's Commission on Legal Ethics 20/20 and is a noted expert on legal ethics. She taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School and has been a guest lecturer at universities across the country. She was a member of Harvard's Board of Overseers and its Overseers' Visiting Committee to Harvard Law School. She is a frequent lecturer on corporate governance and business ethics and was the 2004 Raytheon Lecturer on Business Ethics at Bentley College. Ms. Gorelick has been a member of the Best Lawyers Board of Advisors and the Reuters Editorial Advisory Board.


    • 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 and Co-Chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
    • She was a founder of and served on the Leadership Council of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.


  • Award Text

    Laurie A. Miller Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women in White Collar Defense

    The Women in White Collar Defense Association


  • Award Text

    Lawyer of the Year, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2024 and Listed Among the Best Lawyers in America for Litigation, Criminal Defense and Regulatory Enforcement

    Best Lawyers in America®


  • Award Text

    Named 2019 Hall of Fame Honoree



  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal - Investigations guide (2024). 
  • Named among DC’s Most Influential People Shaping Policy (2024) and a Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Member by Washingtonian magazine (2023).
  • Best Lawyers in America ("Bet the Company" Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Commercial Litigation, Litigation: Antitrust, Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement) (2005–2024); Named Washington DC Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America (2018, 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2024).
  • Selected by Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star” (2021–2024).
  • Honored with the Laurie A. Miller Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women in White Collar Defense by The Women in White Collar Defense Association (2021).
  • Honored with the American Bar Foundation's Outstanding Service Award (2020).
  • Named a ChIPs’ Hall of Fame Honoree for Advancing Women in Law, Technology and Government (2019).
  • Named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America list.
  • Lawdragon Magazine's "500 Leading Lawyers in America" (2005–2019).
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States, since the publication's inception for her government relations and energy regulatory practices (2007–2019).
  • Selected for inclusion in Washington DC Super Lawyers (2007–2024).
  • Regularly recognized by Chambers USA Guide nationwide for Government relations and congressional investigations.
  • The American Lawyer's Lifetime Achiever Award (2018).
  • Tahirih Justice Center's Founders Award (2017).
  • Named to the The Ethisphere Institute's list of Attorneys Who Matter in the Private Practice and Consulting category (2017).
  • DirectWomen Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award (2016).
  • The National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) Directorship 100 Honoree (2014, 2016).
  • Among Washingtonian magazine's Washington's Top Attorneys" for Criminal Defense/White Collar and National Security (2013, 2015).
  • Selected as one of the Outstanding Women Lawyers by The National Law Journal for being among the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession (2015).
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum's Reflections of Hope Award (2015).
  • Named by The National Law Journal a Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazer (2015).
  • Named one of Washingtonian's top 30 Stars of the Bar (2009, 2011).
  • Recognized by the National Association of Women Lawyers with the Mansfield Award (2011).
  • Named by The Washington Lawyer as one of Washington DC's "Legends of the Law" (2011).
  • Named to the The Ethisphere Institute's list of "Attorneys Who Matter in Compliance" as the only lawyer specially listed for the defense industry (2011) .
  • Featured in "Legally Speaking," The Washingtonian.com's Q&A series featuring conversations with Washington's top lawyers (2011).
  • Named "Legend of the Bar" by the DC Bar (2010).
  • Good Scout Award by the National Capital Area Boy Scouts (2008).
  • Recognized in Legal Times as one of the Greatest Washington Lawyers in the Past 30 Years, honored as a "champion"—a lawyer whose community and public service has set an example that other DC lawyers should follow (2008).
  • Listed among National Law Journal's 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America (2007).
  • Recognized in Washingtonian's Power 150 (2007).
  • Named among Washingtonian's 100 Most Powerful Women (2006) and one of the Top 30 Lawyers in Washington (2004).
  • Named the Bar Association of the District of Columbia Lawyer of the Year (2004).
  • Recognized among Fortune's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" (1998–2003).
  • DC Chamber of Commerce's Corporate Leadership Award (2003).
  • Women's Bar Association Star of the Bar Award (2003).
  • NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Aiming High Award (2002).
  • Named forbes.com's America's Top Businesswomen (2001).
  • ADL Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer Memorial Foundation Award (received on behalf of Clinton Administration).
  • American Jewish Committee Judge Learned Hand Award (1999).
  • Wickersham Award for Exceptional Public Service and Dedication to the Legal Profession (1998).
  • Director of Central Intelligence Award (1997).
  • Department of Justice Edmund J. Randolph Award (1997).
  • Equal Justice Works Outstanding Advocate of the Year (1997).
  • American Bar Association Margaret Brent Award (1997).
  • Radcliffe College Alumnae Recognition Award (1997).
  • Secretary of Defense Distinguished Service Award (1994).
  • Prominent Woman in International Law (1994).
  • Women's Bar Association Women Lawyer of the Year (1993).
  • Secretary of Energy Outstanding Service Award (1980).
  • Money magazine's "50 Smartest Women in the Money Business."
  • Who's Who in America.
  • Who's Who in American Law.

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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 1975

      cum laude
    • BA, Harvard University, 1972

      magna cum laude Radcliffe Orator
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York

    • US 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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