Jamie Gorelick


Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department

Chair, Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice Group

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) (2005-2015)
  • Lawdragon Magazine's "500 Leading Lawyers in America", 2010-2015
  • 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 D.C. 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); "100 Most Powerful Women;" "Top 30 Lawyers in Washington;" one of the top 30 "Stars of the Bar" (2009, 2011); and among "Washington's Best Lawyers" for Criminal Defense/White Collar and National Security (2013).
  •'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


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.

July 2, 2015

Jamie Gorelick Honored as a Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer

Partner Jamie Gorelick has been selected as one of 45 lawyers on The National Law Journal's list of Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers. Those recognized have "devised new strategies and decisively altered the playing field."

June 1, 2015

WilmerHale Partners Recognized as Outstanding Women Lawyers by The National Law Journal

WilmerHale congratulates Partners Susan Murley, Jamie Gorelick and Sharon Cohen Levin for being named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) inaugural list of Outstanding Women Lawyers.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

April 22, 2015

Jamie Gorelick Honored with Award and Delivers Keynote at Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary Luncheon

WilmerHale Partner and former US Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, who assembled and oversaw the prosecution team in the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, delivered the keynote speech and was honored at the 2015 Reflections of Hope Award Luncheon on April 20 in Oklahoma City.

April 3, 2015

Justice Department Settlement With edX Suggests Heightened Scrutiny of Online Course Accessibility and Potential Strategies for Schools

On April 2, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with edX, a major online college course provider, over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to the accessibility of online courses.

January 20, 2015

Expanded Subpoena Powers in New Congress

The Republican Leadership in the House has made two changes to House Committee Rules that will enhance the majority’s ability to conduct investigations without the assistance or cooperation of the minority.

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.