Lily Claffee has been named the new top lawyer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Claffee, whose full title is senior vice president, general counsel and chief legal officer, will be responsible for ensuring that the chamber complies with state and federal laws and regulations and will represent it in corporate legal matters.
Claffee, who joined the Washington office of Jones Day in May 2009, will advise the chamber’s senior management and board, and will help lead its efforts to push back against regulations that it views as overly restrictive of U.S. businesses, according to an announcement from the chamber. Claffee will also oversee the National Chamber Litigation Center, a public policy law firm associated within the chamber that represents business before the courts and federal regulatory agencies.
The chamber represents more than 3 million businesses, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Before joining the chamber, Claffee’s practice focused on advising corporations and their executives in litigation, regulatory, investigative, and enforcement matters.
Claffee has served in several government posts, which include general counsel at the Commerce Department, deputy general counsel at the Treasury Department, and deputy associate attorney general at the Justice Department. At Commerce, she led the department’s 400-attorney legal division that advises 10 agency components. Before going into government, Claffee was a litigation partner at Mayer Brown.
Claffee was not immediately available for comment.