Department of Homeland Security
2005 – February 6, 2007
|Preceded by||Joe D. Whitley|
|Born||Philip J. Perry
October 16, 1964
San Diego, California, USA
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Cheney (m. 1993)|
|Alma mater||Cornell Law School (J.D.)
Colorado College (B.A.)
|Website||Biography at Latham & Watkins, LLP, website|
Philip J. Perry (born October 16, 1964) is an American attorney and was a political appointee in the administration of George W. Bush. He was acting associate attorney general at the Department of Justice, general counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, and general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security. He is a partner at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. He is the son-in-law of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Awards and honors
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Quotes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Early life and education
Perry was born in San Diego County, California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Colorado College in 1986. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School in 1990.
Counsel to United States Senate/campaign finance abuse
2000 Presidential Transition Team
In 2000, he was a policy advisor for the Bush-Cheney presidential transition team and an advisor on the Vice Presidential Debate preparation team. Of Perry, Cheney said, "He was tough...much tougher than I would have been on my father-in-law."
Department of Justice
Perry joined the Department of Justice and served in a number of roles before being named acting associate attorney general (the Department’s third-ranking official), overseeing DOJ's five civil litigating units: Civil, Tax, Environment and Natural Resources, Antitrust, and Civil Rights.
Office of Management and Budget
In 2002, Perry then moved to the White House to be general counsel for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)under the then-Director Governor Mitch Daniels. In that capacity, Perry supervised the White House's clearance of federal regulations, mediated interagency disputes, addressed matters on the DOJ's civil litigation docket, formulated presidential executive orders, developed White House policy initiatives, and advised the president. Among his tasks as general counsel was drafting the legislation that created the new Department of Homeland Security. Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund called Perry "a first-rate lawyer," "quiet but determined, " and the "unsung hero" of the team of lawyers faced with settling the issue of which family members of September 11 victims would be eligible to receive compensation. Perry suggested that in cases where family wills did not stipulate beneficiaries (80%), the matter should be determined under the inheritance laws of the state in which a victim held residence.
Latham & Watkins
After multiple years of federal service, Perry returned to Latham & Watkins as a partner, where he rejoined their litigation and regulatory groups, serving as counsel on behalf of Fortune 500 clients such as Monsanto, defense contractor Lockheed Martin and others. The Washington Post reported that at Latham & Watkins, Perry was "a leader of its homeland security practice."
Perry's law practice has largely involved federal court litigation. Although he has handled numerous commercial matters, his most high-profile successes have involved federal government regulation and federal contracts. For example, Perry recently successfully handled the Roundup Ready alfalfa case in federal district court in San Francisco. Other recent high-profile matters include: Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, 130 S. Ct. 2743 (2010); Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper, Inc., 129 S. Ct. 1498 (2009); Ctr. for Food Safety v. Vilsack, 636 F.3d 1166 (9th Cir. 2011); Sottera, Inc. v. FDA, 627 F.3d 891 (D.C. Cir. 2010); Ctr. for Food Safety v. Vilsack, No. 10-4038, 2011 US Dist. LEXIS 31688 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 17, 2011); Wyeth Pharmaceuticals v. FDA, No. 1:09-cv-01810-FJS, slip op. (D.D.C. Sept. 24, 2009); and Sottera, Inc. v. FDA, 680 F. Supp. 2d 62 (D.D.C. 2010). See http://www.lw.com/Attorneys.aspx?page=AttorneyBio&attno=02162
General counsel for Department of Homeland Security
In April 2005, President George Bush nominated Perry to be the general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security. Perry was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate later that year. In his position as the general counsel for the DHS, Perry supervised over 1,500 lawyers, and advised Secretary Michael Chertoff and the White House on the Department's legal and policy issues. Issues of influence for Perry included, but were not limited to, "the transit of people and cargo, comprehensive immigration reform, and critical infrastructure such as chemical plants." A Cornell university alumni newsletter reports, "While at DHS, he was joined by Gus P. Coldebella '94, current acting general counsel, and Julie L. Myers '94, assistant secretary of homeland security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Return to private sector
Perry was also "closely involved" in the inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) National Security Agreement process.
On February 6, 2007, Perry again returned to the partnership at Latham & Watkins, where he has continued to handle litigation, federal regulatory matters and related matters. He had substantial involvement in the passage of legislation authorizing DHS to ease regulations on chemical site security and to preempt states from autonomously taking initiatives to tighten such regulations to protect sites containing hazardous materials and operations from terrorist attacks.
Among other things, he has brought suit against the Federal Government on multiple occasions for abuses of federal regulatory power. Perry is admitted to practice in Wyoming, the District of Columbia, California, Illinois, the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple federal appellate and district courts throughout the U.S.
Awards and honors
Perry is married to Elizabeth Cheney, an alumna of Colorado College. They have five children. Elizabeth Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. She is the former deputy assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs at the State Department, and was a member of the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group.
- "The term 'revolving door' implies people going in and out of government in order to obtain monetary gain. The reason people go into government is to serve their country. It's not appropriate to describe that as a 'revolving door.'"
- "Biography of Philip Perry at the Latham & Watkins, LLP, website". Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- Cooper, Michael (2000-10-03). "The 2000 Campaign: The Running Mates; Seasoned Debater of Varied Styles vs. Upbeat but Less Experienced Opponent". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- "General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security Rejoins Latham" (Press release). Latham & Watkins, LLP. 2007-02-14. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
- "Combining Public Service and Private Practice". Spotlight. Cornell Law School. 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- Mintz, John (2005-04-01). "President Nominates Cheney's Son-in-Law". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- Blum, Vanessa (2008-09-05). "Covering All the Bases". Legal Times. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- Drum, Kevin (February 2007). "Dick Cheney's Dangerous Son-in-Law". Washington Monthly. Retrieved 23 October 2016.