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

Chair, Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice Group

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

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Kimmitt, Robert M.

Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

+1 202 663 6250 (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. Click here to 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


November 23, 2015

WilmerHale Among Top 10 Largest Global Securities and White Collar Law Practices

Law360 has ranked WilmerHale number six in its 2015 Securities/White Collar Practice Group Partner Rankings, which recognize the 100 largest and most powerful securities and white collar practices in the nation.

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.

October 27, 2015

Partner Sharon Levin Receives Prestigious Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service

Sharon Cohen Levin and a multi-agency team received the 2015 Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service—one of the highest accolades a legal team or individual can receive by the Department of Justice. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch presented the award to Levin and the team at the 63rd Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony.

October 26, 2015

FinCEN Proposes AML Requirements for Registered Investment Advisers

An article by Franca Harris Gutierrez, Sharon Cohen Levin, Matthew A. Chambers, Timothy F. Silva, Katrina Carroll, Elijah M. Alper, and Carleton Goss, published in the October 2015 edition of Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, Vol. 34, No. 10.

October 1, 2015

Partner Ronald C. Machen Named 2015 Outstanding African American Leader

WilmerHale Partner Ronald Machen is one of 100 Honorees named a 2015 Outstanding African American Leader by African Leadership Magazine.

September 27, 2015

Native American Tribes Settle Lawsuit Against US Government Agencies

A federal judge in Oklahoma has approved a $186 million settlement of litigation between the United States and two Native America tribes, the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations.

September 18, 2015

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Named a Top-Tier Firm by The Legal 500 UK

In the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in six other practice areas.

September 17, 2015

Diversity Journal Recognizes Two Partners Among Women Worth Watching

Partners Elizabeth Mitchell and Heather Zachary have been named to Diversity Journal's annual list of Women Worth Watching, which recognizes professional women for their passion, potential and positive influence both inside and outside the workplace.

September 1, 2015

Former US Attorney Counsel, Chief of Staff Matthew Jones Joins WilmerHale

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the arrival of Matthew Jones, former Counsel and Chief of Staff to two US Attorneys for the District of Columbia, including former US Attorney and WilmerHale Partner Ronald C. Machen, Jr.

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.