Jack Quinn (lawyer)
|John M. Quinn|
|26th White House Counsel|
|Preceded by||Abner J. Mikva|
|Succeeded by||Charles Ruff|
|Born||John Michael Quinn
August 16, 1949
|Spouse(s)||Susanna Monroney Quinn|
|Children||5 children; 1 stepchild|
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
John Michael "Jack" Quinn is an American lawyer and businessman. He is a Democratic activist and has advised numerous Democratic candidates and office holders.
Quinn attended Georgetown University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971. He later attended night classes at Georgetown University Law Center while serving as a staff member on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs (1969-1973) and as a legislative assistant to Senator Floyd K. Haskell of Colorado (1973-1975). At Georgetown, Quinn was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He was graduated with a J.D. in 1975.
At the age of 26, from 1975 to 1976, Quinn directed Mo Udall's presidential campaign. Later Quinn became a partner at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., working there for almost 20 years. He taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and served as a Democratic National Committee appointee.
He served as general counsel to Al Gore during Gore's 1988 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was again a Gore advisor during Gore's campaign as Bill Clinton's running mate in the 1992 election, coordinating Gore's preparation for the vice-presidential debates.
After Clinton and Gore won the election, Quinn was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Vice President. Later he was promoted to Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States, retaining the Counsel to the Vice President title. In September 1995, Quinn became White House Counsel to President Clinton and served in that role until early in 1997.
When Quinn left the White House in 1997, he returned to Arnold & Porter. He later founded Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a public affairs and public relations firm with Ed Gillespie, a leading Republican operative. The two met as adversaries on Tony Snow's Fox News talk show. Their partnership is considered an early example of the trend towards an interdisciplinary and bipartisan "one-stop shopping" approach to lobbying.
Quinn served on the Boards of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (1997-98), Fannie Mae (1997-2000) and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. He presently serves on the Board of Alternative Packaging Systems (APS), a developer of innovative packaging technologies for use in the delivery of liquid consumer use products. He serves on the Board of Academi, a private security company that was purchased in December 2010 from the owners of the Blackwater USA security firm. Quinn co-chairs the Governance and Compliance Committee of Academi with former Attorney General and Senator John Ashcroft.
He is married to Susanna Monroney Quinn and lives in Washington, D.C. with their son, Storm Quinn, born April 26, 2012 and Susanna's daughter Jocelyn. He has four additional children from previous marriages: Jonathan, Megan, Caitlin and Brendan.
Abner J. Mikva
|Counsel to the President of the United States
|Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States