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Hon. Michael Chertoff

Co-founder and Managing Principal, The Chertoff Group

As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Mr. Chertoff led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. He also transformed FEMA into an effective organization following Hurricane Katrina. His greatest successes have earned few headlines – because the important news is what didn’t happen.

At Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff will provide high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery. “Risk management has become the CEO’s concern,” he says. “We help our clients develop comprehensive strategies to manage risk without building barriers that get in the way of carrying on their business.”

Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Mr. Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1975) and Harvard Law School (1978). From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.

In addition to his role at Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1978 magna cum laude
  • Harvard University, B.A., 1975 magna cum laude
Publications and Multimedia
A Conversation on the NSA Surveillance Programs - Event Audio/Video
The NSA, Security, Privacy, and Intelligence Symposium
March 04, 2014
National Security After U.S. v. Jones - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Security Symposium
April 05, 2012
America as Hegemon and International Law - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2010