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Tom Donilon’s Return to O’Melveny Covered in CQ Weekly

June 10, 2014

Former White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon’s recent return to O’Melveny & Myers was recently highlighted in CQ Weekly. As reported in the article, this marks Donilon’s fourth tenure at O’Melveny, where he has practiced between his service in three presidential administrations.

Donilon began his legal career as an associate at the Firm in 1985 and, before joining the Obama Administration in 2009, practiced as a partner representing clients on a range of sensitive governance, legal, regulatory, and policy matters. During the Clinton Administration, Donilon served as both Assistant Secretary of State and Chief of Staff to then Secretary of State Warren Christopher. He later joined Fannie Mae as Executive Vice President for Law and Policy.

CQ Weekly noted Donilon’s experience in advising presidential administrations and law firm clients on how to respond to complex situations. For example, senior executives and corporate boards are keeping a close eye new government guidelines on how to protect their data from cyber breaches, which has been a top concern for the Obama administration.

The article also notes that O’Melveny has long encouraged its lawyers to work in government--a tradition realized in firm leaders such as former chairman A.B. Culvahouse, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan, and the late Warren Christopher, who served as Secretary of State in the Clinton administration.

Donilon is Vice-Chair of O’Melveny, and resides in the Firm’s Washington, DC office.