From March 1987 through January 1989, A.B. served as Counsel to the President of the United States. As White House Counsel, A.B. advised President Ronald Reagan on matters ranging from the Iran-Contra investigations, to the Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork and Anthony Kennedy, to the legal aspects of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty; and he chaired the inter-agency lawyers Committee on War Powers and the President’s Committee on Federal Judicial Nominations. In January 1989, President Reagan awarded Culvahouse the Presidential Citizens’ Medal, an award established in 1969 to “recognize citizens who performed exemplary deeds of service for the country or their fellow citizens.”
From June 1973 until November 1976, A.B. was Chief Legislative Assistant and Counsel to US Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr.
From 1990 through 1992, A.B. served as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Nuclear Failsafe and Risk Reduction, appointed by the Secretary of Defense, to evaluate and recommend improvements in the United States Nuclear Command and Control System. In December of 1992, Secretary of Defense Cheney awarded A.B. the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. A.B.'s prior service on boards and commissions includes service on The President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the Intelligence Oversight Board (2006-2009); the Nuclear Command and Control System Federal Advisory Committee, appointed by the Secretary of Defense (2008-2009); the US Chamber of Commerce Commission on the Regulation of US Capital Markets in the 21st Century (2006-2007); the Board of Directors of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2009-2012); the Supreme Court Fellows Commission (2002-2005); the Board of Visitors of the US Naval Academy (1989-1991); and the Counterintelligence Advisory Panel to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1989-1990).
A.B. serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Brookings Institution, the Leadership Board of the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, established by the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee.
A.B. received his J.D. from New York University and earned his B.S. from the University of Tennessee. A.B. is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, California (inactive), New York, Tennessee, and the U.S. Supreme Court. A.B. was born on July 4, 1948, and is a native of Ten Mile, Tennessee.