Jamie Gorelick


Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

Gorelick, Jamie

Jamie Gorelick's career has spanned 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. She Co-Chaired the American Bar Association's Commission on Legal Ethics 20/20 and is a noted expert on legal ethics. She is the author of a leading text on the maintenance and destruction of evidence.

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 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.


Ms. Gorelick, who frequently counsels boards on governance issues, is a Director of both, where she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board, and Verisign. She also serves on the Leadership Council of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and is Chair of the Urban Institute Board. Ms. Gorelick is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. She was Vice Chair of Fannie Mae from 1997 to 2003 and was a member of the boards of United Technologies and Schlumberger, Ltd.

Honors & Awards

  • Mansfield Award, National Association of Women Lawyers (2011)
  • Good Scout Award, National Capital Area Boy Scouts (2008)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia Lawyer of the Year (2004)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Listed in:

  • Selected as one of the Outstanding Women Lawyers by The National Law Journal in April 2015 for being among the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession
  • Named to The National Law Journal's 2015 list of Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazers
  • Best Lawyers in America ("Bet the Company" Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Commercial Litigation, Litigation: Antitrust, Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement) (2005-2016)
  • Lawdragon Magazine's "500 Leading Lawyers in America," 2010-2015
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
  • Named among The National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) 2014 Directorship 100 honorees
  • Named by The Washington Lawyer as one of Washington DC's "Legends of the Law," 2011
  • Named by Ethisphere Magazine to its 2011 list of "Attorneys Who Matter in Compliance" as the only lawyer specially listed for the defense industry
  • Listed in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Benchmark Litigation for her leading white-collar crime practice; Named to the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" in 2012 and 2014 
  • Featured in the March 22, 2011 edition of "Legally Speaking," The's Q&A series featuring conversations with Washington's top lawyers
  • Recognized as a Nationwide leader in the Government field in the 2007-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named "Legend of the Bar" by the DC Bar (2010)
  • Fortune's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business"
  • Listed among National Law Journal's "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America" in the May 28, 2007 edition
  • Recognized in the May 19, 2008 edition of 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.
  • Washingtonian's "Power 150" (2007); among the "100 Most Powerful Women;" listed as a Top 30 Lawyer in Washington; one of the top 30 "Stars of the Bar" (2009, 2011); among Washington's Top Attorneys for Criminal Defense/White Collar and National Security (2013, 2015)
  •'s "America's Top Businesswomen"
  • Money Magazine's "50 Smartest Women in the Money Business"
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law

Publications & News


April 19, 2016

Jamie Gorelick Featured in Best Lawyers Business Edition Cover Story

Jamie Gorelick is featured in the cover story of the Spring 2016 issue of Best Lawyers Business Edition, the first-ever edition focused on women lawyers. In the article, Gorelick discusses women's issues in the field of law, mentor/mentee relationships, and her personal professional experiences.

April 12, 2016

Jamie Gorelick to Discuss Privacy and Security Issues at the Trilateral Commission 2016 Plenary Meeting

WilmerHale Partner Jamie Gorelick will speak at the Trilateral Commission 2016 Plenary Meeting as a member of the distinguished panel entitled “The Impact of Big Data on Privacy and Security.” 

March 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 11, 2016

Congressional Hearing Examines Free Speech and Tax Constraints on Campus Political Activity

Campuses across the country are wrestling with how free speech, tolerance, diversity and politics mix in a higher education environment. Recently, the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee examined the intersection of an institution's 501(c)(3) status and campus policies that regulate partisan political activity. 

January 12, 2016

False Claims Act: 2015 Year-in-Review

In 2015, the Justice Department continued to give high priority to False Claims Act investigations, bringing in nearly $3.6 billion in settlements and judgments. 

December 4, 2015

Washingtonian Magazine Names Eight WilmerHale Partners Top Attorneys in Washington DC

Washingtonian magazine has released its list of 2015 Top Attorneys, recognizing Washington's top legal talent based on peer review. The 2015 list is the Washingtonian's largest ever and ranks the top one percent of the nation's capital's 80,000 lawyers across 21 different practices.

November 9, 2015

WilmerHale Ranks Third Among The National Law Journal’s Influence 50

The National Law Journal ranked WilmerHale third among national law firms for its public policy work in its Influence 50 annual survey.

November 6, 2015

OCR Finds That Title IX Requires Equal Locker Room Access for Transgender Students

The US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently confirmed that transgender students are protected from sex-based discrimination under Title IX and found that a public school district violated Title IX by denying a transgender student equal locker room access.

August 12, 2015

Tragic Death Focuses Attention on Campus Police

While the nation’s attention has been focused on incidents involving the use of lethal force by local police—and ensuing racial and community unrest, protest, and violence—recent incidents involving campus police highlight the need for colleges and universities to assess their own security policies and practices.

August 6, 2015

The Case of the Missing Stradivarius: How WilmerHale Played a Role in Returning the Stolen Violin to its Owners

When renowned violin master and teacher Roman Totenberg passed away in 2012 at the age of 101, he died believing that his treasured Stradivarius violin was stolen following a 1980 performance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and that it would never be recovered.

Speaking Engagements

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 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 is a member of the Best Lawyers Board of Advisors and the Reuters Editorial Advisory Board.