Stephen W. Preston

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Stephen W. Preston
General Counsel of the Department of Defense
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Jeh Johnson
General Counsel of the Navy
In office
September 28, 1998 – November 17, 2000
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Steven S. Honigman
Succeeded by John E. Sparks (Acting)
Personal details
Alma mater Yale University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Stephen W. Preston is a United States lawyer who served as General Counsel of the Navy from 1998 to 2000 and in 2009 was nominated by Barack Obama as General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Biography[edit]

Stephen W. Preston received his B.A. from Yale University, and then attended Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, graduating with a J.D. in 1983.

Preston joined the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in 1986.

In 1993, he left WilmerHale to become Principal Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Defense, during which time he spent time as acting General Counsel. In 1995, he joined the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General; there, he was responsible for civil appeals.

President of the United States Bill Clinton nominated Preston as General Counsel of the Navy and, after Senate confirmation, Preston held this office from September 28, 1998 until November 17, 2000.

In 2001, he returned to WilmerHale as a partner.

On April 14, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Preston as General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Steven S. Honigman
Eugene Angrist (Deputy GC)
General Counsel of the Navy
September 28, 1998 – November 17, 2000
Succeeded by
John E. Sparks (acting)
William Molzahn (Deputy GC)
Alberto J. Mora