Thomas E. Donilon

Senior Of Counsel

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Drawing on his distinguished career in government and the private sector, Tom Donilon is Senior Of Counsel to the firm. A leading national security expert with an extensive global network, Tom has deep experience in geopolitics, cybersecurity, financial services, and corporate governance.

Tom returned to the firm in 2014 after serving as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. In that capacity Tom oversaw the US National Security Council staff, chaired the cabinet level National Security Principals Committee, provided the president's daily national security briefing, and was responsible for the coordination and integration of the administration's foreign policy, intelligence, and military efforts. Tom also oversaw the White House’s international economics, cybersecurity, and international energy efforts. Tom served as the President’s personal emissary to a number of world leaders.


Corporate & Government Experience

  • US National Security Advisor
  • Assistant to the President


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia


  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1985: Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review
  • Catholic University of America, B.A., 1977: summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Catholic University President’s Award as Outstanding Graduate

Professional Activities


  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Aspen Strategy Group
  • Defense Policy Board
  • Trilateral Commission
  • The Brookings Institution, Honorary Trustee 

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