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:

  • 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 2007-2014 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


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.

December 23, 2014

Jamie Gorelick Inducted into NACD’s 2014 Directorship 100

WilmerHale Partner Jamie Gorelick has been inducted into The National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) 2014 Directorship 100, a distinguished honor which annually recognizes the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community.

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

May 1, 2014

White House “Big Data” Report Calls for New Privacy, Data Breach Legislation, Renewed Attention to Discrimination

The White House this afternoon released a much anticipated report on “big data,” which represents the results of a 90-day review the President asked Counselor to the President John Podesta to conduct on his behalf.

April 25, 2014

WilmerHale Attorneys Recognized in Annual Washington DC Super Lawyers Listing

The annual edition of the Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, published by The Washington Post Magazine, released its 2014 listing which includes 37 WilmerHale attorneys.

April 2, 2014

Best Lawyers Recognizes WilmerHale Women Lawyers

For the past twenty years, Best Lawyers has published the special edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” the nation’s oldest peer-reviewed lawyer publication.

February 13, 2014

NIST and DHS Release Final Cybersecurity Framework, Roadmap, and Voluntary Program for Cybersecurity Assistance

Yesterday, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the final version of the voluntary federal cybersecurity standards known as the Cybersecurity Framework, along with a “Roadmap” explaining how the government will work with the private sector, other countries, and international organizations to refine and improve the Framework over the next several years.

January 7, 2014

WilmerHale’s Strategic Response Group Profiled in The Washington Post

December 13, 2013

Support Continues to Build for New Export Controls on Cyber Monitoring Technologies

Amid growing worldwide concern about the security of commercial and government computer networks, the leading multilateral export control organization has moved toward new export controls for advanced computer network hardware, software and technologies that can be used to exploit cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

December 2, 2013

Washingtonian Magazine Names 14 WilmerHale Attorneys to "Best Lawyers" List

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.


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JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1975

BA, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1972, Radcliffe Orator

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