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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Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

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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


January 26, 2015

Fixing selection and retention will yield better teachers than trashing tenure

An article by Jay Urwitz published in the January 26, 2015 edition of Newsday.

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.

January 14, 2015

Former Portman Chief of Staff Rob Lehman to Join WilmerHale

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that Rob Lehman, former Chief of Staff to Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), will be joining the firm as co-chair of the Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Group.

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.

November 4, 2014

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Release 2015 “Best Law Firms” List, Names WilmerHale International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list includes WilmerHale being named a first-tier law firm in 24 national and 62 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 20 second- and third-tier rankings in several national and metro-area rankings.

October 20, 2014

The Uncertain Utility Of A CFPB No-Action Letter

An article by Eric J. Mogilnicki and Eamonn K. Moran, appearing in the October 20, 2014, edition of Law360’s Consumer Protections and Public Policy sections.

October 18, 2014

A National Journal Profile on Partner Debo Adegbile

Debo Adegbile, who joined WilmerHale from the Senate Judiciary Committee and prior to that was acting president and director-counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc., was profiled by National Journal on October 18, 2014.

September 11, 2014

Prominent Litigator Debo P. Adegbile Joins WilmerHale

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP is pleased to announce that Debo P. Adegbile has joined the firm as a partner. Previously senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and acting president and director-counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (LDF), Mr. Adegbile will focus his practice in WilmerHale's Litigation/Controversy Department and will be based in the New York office.

May 15, 2014

Senior White House Official Edward Siskel to Join WilmerHale

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that Edward Siskel, Deputy White House Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President, is joining the firm in its Washington DC office.

March 31, 2014

Former FBI Chief of Staff Aaron Zebley to Join WilmerHale

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that Aaron Zebley is joining the firm today as a partner. Zebley, who has been both an FBI Special Agent and an Assistant United States Attorney, served as Chief of Staff to Robert S. Mueller III, the former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).