Jack Quinn (lawyer)

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John M. Quinn
26th White House Counsel
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Abner J. Mikva
Succeeded by Charles Ruff
Personal details
Born John Michael Quinn
(1949-08-16) August 16, 1949 (age 65)
New York
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susanna Monroney Quinn
Children 5 children; 1 stepchild
Alma mater Georgetown University
Occupation Lawyer

John Michael "Jack" Quinn is an American lawyer and businessman. He is a Democratic activist and has advised numerous Democratic candidates and office holders.

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

After Clinton and Gore won the election, Quinn was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Vice President.[1] 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.[citation needed]

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.[2]

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.[3] Quinn co-chairs the Governance and Compliance Committee of Academi with former Attorney General and Senator John Ashcroft.[citation needed]

Marc Rich pardon[edit]

Quinn is infamous for being instrumental in the pardon of noted fugitive and criminal Marc Rich.[4]

Personal life[edit]

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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ White House. "Vice President Gore Names Jack Quinn Chief of Staff." [1]; accessed November 26, 2006.
  2. ^ Russ Baker, "U.S.: Top Ten Corporate Democrats for Hire". Profile, corpwatch.org; accessed November 26, 2006.
  3. ^ Academi Board of Directors, academi.com; accessed October 17, 2014.
  4. ^ Justin Peters, "How Eric Holder Facilitated the Most Unjust Presidential Pardon in American History." [2], Slate.com, accessed June 22, 2015.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Abner J. Mikva
Counsel to the President of the United States
Succeeded by
Charles Ruff
Political offices
Preceded by
Roy Neel
Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States
Succeeded by
Ron Klain