The Strategic Response Group assists clients in navigating multifaceted challenges with legal, public policy and media dimensions. A bipartisan group with extensive senior-level experience both in the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill, we have the knowledge to work with clients to identify, develop and execute strategies to defend or advance a position—whether anticipating and responding to fast-moving events, or working over the longer term to craft and implement legislative or regulatory solutions to complex problems.

Recognizing the importance of addressing business objectives while minimizing legal and reputational risk, our lawyers assist clients in handling crises, responding to federal and state executive Branch and congressional investigations and requests, identifying and addressing multi-state and global challenges and opportunities, evaluating and addressing public policy risk, and providing strategic support for proposed business transactions and initiatives. We have conducted such work for clients in the healthcare, defense, energy, financial services, technology, and communications sectors.


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Gorelick, Jamie

Jamie Gorelick

Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

+1 202 663 6500 (t)

Kimmitt, Robert M.

Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

+1 202 663 6250 (t)


Rob Lehman

Senior Public Policy Advisor

+1 202 663 6907 (t)

Adegbile, Debo

Debo P. Adegbile


+1 212 295 6717 (t)

Berman, Bruce M.

Bruce M. Berman


+1 202 663 6173 (t)

Brown, Reginald J.

Reginald J. Brown


+1 202 663 6430 (t)

Cross, Meredith

Meredith B. Cross


+1 202 663 6644 (t)


Michael E. Gordon


+1 202 663 6214 (t)

Gorelick, Jamie

Jamie Gorelick


+1 202 663 6500 (t)


With our deep experience on both sides of the table—serving in senior government positions and representing clients before investigators and regulators across government and before Congress—we provide a unique perspective on how government operates and how its actions can affect our clients.

Our team's experience spans more than a dozen federal agencies and includes former senior officials from the Department of Justice, including the former Director of the FBI, two former Deputy Attorneys General, former heads of the Civil Division, the Office of Legal Counsel and the Office of Legal Policy; a former US Secretary of the Interior; a former US Attorney and 20 attorneys with US Attorney's Office experience; a former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; former SEC Director of Enforcement; former General Counsels of the Defense Department, the Treasury Department, the National Security Council, the FBI, the CIA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; a former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Interior; a former US Trade Representative; 10 lawyers with White House experience; and former staff from key congressional committees, including the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation. See a detailed list of our lawyers' experience in government service.

We understand the issues corporations face when law, policy and business intersect, often in the glare of public scrutiny and when the stakes are high: a number of our lawyers have significant experience serving as general counsels and on the boards of public companies. Our capabilities are global, extending from the United States to Europe to Asia and beyond. And we partner seamlessly with in-house and external service providers—including public relations, communications and government affairs teams—to provide coordinated, strategic advice.

We have the experience and expertise to handle all phases of a complex problem, coordinating multiple legal workstreams including executive or congressional investigations, regulatory activity, affirmative or defensive litigation, and communications. We understand our clients' business objectives and the importance of their reputations. Our clients include major multinational corporations and financial institutions, trade associations, educational institutions and non-profits across a range of industries, including the defense, energy, healthcare and pharmaceutical, financial services, technology and communications sectors.

Publications & News


October 10, 2016

Debo Adegbile Featured in New York Times Op-Doc Discussing Voting Rights in America

Debo Adegbile lends his voice in the New York Times Op-Doc entitled “Supreme Court v. the American Voter,” which discusses the history and impact of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and where the country currently stands on the issue of preventing discrimination at the polls.

October 5, 2016

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to Join WilmerHale

Mr. Mayorkas brings a wealth of experience in both public service and the private sector that aligns precisely with clients' needs.

September 16, 2016

WilmerHale Named Industry's Most Impressive Investigations Practice by GIR

WilmerHale has been named the Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year by Global Investigations Review for its cross-border work in both high-profile internal and government-led investigations.

September 15, 2016

New York Law Journal Selects Sharon Cohen Levin as a Top Women in Law

Levin joins 29 other lawyers who were chosen to the New York Law Journal's first Top Women in Law list. 

September 2, 2016

Partner Debo Adegbile Helps Nextdoor Curb Racial Profiling on Neighborhood Networks

When Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, realized that some members were engaging in racial profiling when reporting “suspicious” people and activities in their communities, the company was determined to respond.

July 22, 2016

The VPPA and PII: Is Geolocation Another Anonymous Identifier?

An article co-written by Reed Freeman, Bloomberg BNA's Privacy and Security Law Report, explores how personally identifiable information has been defined in leading Video Privacy Protection Act actions and looks at how concerns over the potential sensitivity of geolocation information may alter how courts handle PII.

July 20, 2016

The FTC's Entry Into Rooftop Solar Consumer Protection

In this article published by Law360, Mark Kalpin, Patrick Bernhardt and former Associate Joseph Jerome explain why companies should stay abreast of the FTC's actions as it continues to evaluate consumer protection-related issues regarding solar energy and take appropriate steps to ensure that their marketing practices and contracts conform to applicable law and best industry practices.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

June 16, 2016

The CFPB And Data Security Enforcement

In this article published in BNA's Banking Report, Michael Gordon, Leah Schloss and former Counsel Elijah Alper examine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's foray into data security enforcement by assessing how the bureau's data security authority compares with that of other federal regulators.

June 8, 2016

Stephen Preston Receives National Security Agency Intelligence Under Law Award

The Intelligence Under Law Award is presented annually in recognition of an individual's “commitment to the conduct of intelligence activities under the rule of law.”