Donald F. McGahn II

Don McGahn is a partner at Jones Day, where he chairs the Government Regulation Practice. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. McGahn advises clients on crisis management and strategic response involving federal and state government authorities. He brings over 25 years of experience to proceedings before all three branches of government, including regulatory, oversight, and enforcement matters and litigation arising from government regulation or action. To date he has successfully guided the President of the United States, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and Fortune 500 CEOs through some of this century’s most divisive and closely watched congressional hearings and investigations.

Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2019, Mr. McGahn served as White House Counsel. In that role, Mr. McGahn advised President Donald J. Trump and his senior cabinet officials on all legal issues concerning President Trump’s administration, drove the judicial selection process for a record number of federal judges including two Supreme Court justices, and spearheaded President Trump’s deregulatory efforts to stymie the growth of the administrative state. Following Mr. McGahn’s tenure at the White House, the President appointed him to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a nonpartisan agency dedicated to promoting improvement to administrative agency processes.

Mr. McGahn’s accomplishments have been recognized at the highest levels of government. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that Mr. McGahn concluded his service “not only as the best White House Counsel I’ve seen on the job, but more broadly, as one of the most successful and consequential aides to any President in recent memory.” Mr. McGahn was also nominated by President George W. Bush in 2008, and confirmed by the Senate to serve as a member of the Federal Election Commission.