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 a current member of the Defense Policy Board and a former member of 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

  • Tahirih Justice Center's Founders Award (2017)
  • DirectWomen Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award (2016)
  • The National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) Directorship 100 Honoree (2016, 2014)
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum's Reflections of Hope Award (2015)
  • 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) (2005-2018)
  • Lawdragon Magazine's "500 Leading Lawyers in America," 2010-2016
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2007-2017
  • Named by The Washington Lawyer as one of Washington DC's "Legends of the Law," 2011
  • Named to the The Ethisphere Institute's 2017 list of Attorneys Who Matter in the Private Practice and Consulting category. She was also named 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 2007-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Consistently recommended by The Legal 500 United States for her government relations and energy regulatory practices
  • 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


May 15, 2018

Partner Jamie Gorelick Participates in Bioterror Simulation That Highlights Continued Readiness Gaps

Partner Jamie Gorelick, along with other former and current top federal policymakers, participated in a tabletop exercise meant to better understand the kinds of high-level decisions that would be necessary in the event of an actual pandemic global outbreak of a potentially deadly pathogen.

May 3, 2018

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2018 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 95 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 26, 2018

Board Oversight of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is one of the highest priority issues for public company executives and directors. This note shares our views—developed over our involvement in the aftermath of many cybersecurity events as well as counseling on cyber-preparedness—on how boards can properly oversee cybersecurity risks. This client alert was also published by Law360.

March 8, 2018

The #MeToo Movement: The Critical Role of the Board in Preparing for, Responding to and Avoiding Sexual Misconduct Allegations

As the #MeToo movement gains momentum, companies in nearly every major industry are dealing with allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment or even sexual assault—including allegations of widespread misconduct and inappropriate behavior within the upper echelons of the corporate structure.

November 30, 2017

WilmerHale Represents AM General in Commercial Plant Acquisition by SF Motors

WilmerHale client AM General has sold its commercial assembly plant in Mishawaka, Indiana to SF Motors, an electric vehicle clean mobility company.

November 9, 2017

Key Takeaways From WilmerHale's Recent Women in Energy and Infrastructure Conference

On November 2, WilmerHale held its inaugural Women in Energy and Infrastructure–Powering the Future conference in Washington DC. The event and pre-conference dinner drew more than 100 attendees and provided a forum for women thought leaders to discuss legal and policy issues impacting energy and infrastructure companies and exchange ideas related to powering development. Speakers included senior government officials, in-house counsel, government affairs representatives, agency and Congressional staff, and other influencers.

October 27, 2017

Jamie Gorelick and David Ogden Recognized by Ethisphere as 2017 Attorneys Who Matter

Partners Jamie Gorelick and David Ogden were recognized by Ethisphere Inc., an organization that promotes business ethics and compliance, as 2017 Attorneys Who Matter.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

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.