Stephen W. Preston

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Stephen W. Preston
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General Counsel of the Department of Defense
In office
October 2013 – 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
SecretaryChuck Hagel
Ash Carter
Preceded byJeh Johnson
Succeeded byJennifer O'Connor
General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency
In office
July 2009 – October 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
DirectorLeon Panetta
Michael Morrell (acting)
David Petraeus
John O. Brennan
Preceded byJohn A. Rizzo
Succeeded byRobert Eatinger (acting)
General Counsel of the Navy
In office
September 28, 1998 – November 17, 2000
PresidentBill Clinton
SecretaryJohn H. Dalton
Richard Danzig
Preceded bySteven S. Honigman
Succeeded byJohn E. Sparks (Acting)
Personal details
Born
Stephen Woolman Preston[1]

(1957-05-30) May 30, 1957 (age 64)[2]
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.[1]
EducationYale University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Stephen Woolman Preston (born May 30, 1957) is an American lawyer who served in administrations in Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School, he served as General Counsel of the Navy from 1998 to 2000, General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2013, and General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 2013 to 2016.

Education[edit]

Preston received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, and then attended Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1983.

Career[edit]

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, where he was responsible for civil appeals.

In 1998, Bill Clinton nominated Preston as General Counsel of the Navy, succeeding Steven S. Honigman. Preston served from September 28, 1998 to November 17, 2000. In 2001, he returned to WilmerHale as a partner.

On April 14, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Preston to serve as General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency. He served as General Counsel of the agency from 2009 to 2013.[3][4]

He was nominated by President Obama to serve as General Counsel of the Department of Defense in 2013.[5] He was later confirmed by the Senate, sworn in and served in that position from 2013 to 2016.[5]

Preston returned to WilmerHale in 2016.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Preston Testimony
  2. ^ Hubbell, Martindale (June 2004). Martindale Hubbell Law Directory 2004. Martindale-Hubbell. ISBN 9781561606009.
  3. ^ Archived Department of Defense Bio
  4. ^ April 24; 2009. "Stephen Preston '83 nominated to be CIA general counsel". Harvard Law Today. Retrieved 2020-03-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b PN542 — Stephen Woolman Preston — Department of Defense, 113th Congress (2013-2014)
  6. ^ Stephen W. Preston - Partner