President Barack Obama is quickly filling the ranks of the White House Counsel’s Office, today announcing the appointments of 22 new White House lawyers.
Daniel Meltzer will be principal deputy White House counsel to the president, and deputy assistant to the president. He is presently the Story Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Before joining the Harvard Law faculty in 1982, Meltzer practiced for three years at Williams & Connolly, where Obama’s White House counsel, Gregory Craig, practiced.
Mary DeRosa was named deputy counsel to the president for national security affairs and legal adviser to the National Security Council. She was most recently chief counsel for national security to the Senate Judiciary Committee. DeRosa is a veteran of the Clinton Administration, having served on the National Security Council during the Clinton years as special assistant to the president and legal adviser and deputy legal adviser.
Neal Wolin will be deputy counsel to the president for economic policy and deputy assistant to the president. He was most recently the president and chief operating officer for property and casualty operations of Hartford Financial Services Group. Wolin served in several roles in the Clinton administration: He was general counsel of the Treasury Department, executive assistant to Clinton’s national security adviser, and deputy legal adviser of the National Security Council. Before entering the government, Wolin practiced at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, before the firm became Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Norman Eisen, formerly a partner in Zuckerman Spaeder’s Washington office, was appointed special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform. Eisen was deputy general counsel to the transition, and an active volunteer for Obama’s campaign, serving on the national finance committee and as a member of an education policy group. Last March, he told Legal Times that he “deeply” believed in Obama’s mission, “particularly in the government reform aspect.” Eisen co-founded Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Obama chose 14 associate counsel. They are after the jump.