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David Leitch -- White House
Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel

Prior to his White House appointment, Leitch served as Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration from June of 2001 to December of 2002. As Chief Counsel, he was the top legal advisor to the Administrator of the FAA, and was responsible for all aspects of the FAA’s legal activities, including its regulatory program, administrative and judicial litigation, nationwide enforcement activities, legislation, and legal relations with foreign civil aviation authorities. He supervised nearly 200 attorneys in FAA offices across the nation. During Leitch’s tenure at the FAA, he also served as counsel to the Transition Planning Office for the Department of Homeland Security, which President Bush established by Executive Order to coordinate transition planning throughout the executive branch of the Government in preparation for establishment of the proposed Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the FAA, Leitch was a partner at Hogan & Hartson L.L.P., Washington D.C.’s largest law firm, where he was engaged in a diverse litigation practice with a concentration on appellate practice and issues involving administrative, constitutional, and commercial law. He argued appeals in both state and federal courts on a variety of issues. From 1990 to 1993, he served in the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice, finishing his tenure there as Deputy Assistant Attorney General. He has also served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and to Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, and was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School. Leitch graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and graduated first in his class.

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