Pat Cipollone

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Pat Cipollone
White House Counsel
Assumed office
December 10, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byEmmet Flood (acting)
Personal details
Born (1966-05-06) May 6, 1966 (age 53)
Political partyRepublican
EducationFordham University (BA)
University of Chicago (JD)

Pasquale A. Cipollone (born May 6, 1966) is an American lawyer. He is the White House Counsel under President Donald Trump.


Cipollone graduated from Covington Catholic High School in 1984.[1] He graduated Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1988. He attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he was managing editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, earning a Juris Doctor in 1991.[2]

He was a law clerk for Judge Danny Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1991–1992, and served as an assistant to Attorney General William P. Barr from 1992–1993.[3]

Cipollone was a partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, and prior to taking over as White House Counsel was a partner at Stein, Mitchell, Cipollone, Beato & Missner, where he practiced commercial litigation.[4]

White House Counsel[edit]

Cipollone was named White House Counsel by President Donald Trump in October 2018.[5] He succeeded Don McGahn, who left office on October 17. Emmet Flood served as counsel until Cipollone's background security check was completed.[6][7] Cipollone officially assumed the role on December 10.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Cipollone is a Catholic and a graduate of Covington Catholic High School.[9] He is a founding member of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and a board member of the Catholic Information Center.[10] Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham credits him with helping her convert to Catholicism in 2002.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Who knew? Trump's top White House attorney is Covington Catholic High School graduate". January 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Pat A. Cipollone Executive Profile". Bloomberg. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Salama, Vivian (October 13, 2018). "Trump Likely to Name Pat Cipollone as Next White House Counsel". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Pat Cipollone profile". Stein, Mitchell, Cipollone, Beato & Missner. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Perez, Evan (October 13, 2018). "Trump to name Pat Cipollone as White House counsel". CNN. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  6. ^ de Vogue, Ariane (October 18, 2018). "Don McGahn out as White House counsel, sources say". CNN. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Betz, Bradford (October 18, 2018). "Don McGahn leaves as White House counsel, Emmet Flood steps into role". Fox News. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Easley, Jonathan (December 10, 2018). "The Hill's Morning Report — Trump shakes up staff with eye on 2020, Mueller probe". The Hill. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Williams, Jason. "Who knew? Trump's top White House attorney is Covington Catholic High School graduate". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Laviola, Erin. "Pat Cipollone: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Leonnig, Carol D. (October 13, 2018). "Trump has chosen Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone as next White House counsel, people familiar with decision say". Washington Post. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Q&A with Laura Ingraham". CSPAN. December 5, 2005. Retrieved October 13, 2018.

External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Emmet Flood
White House Counsel