John G. Malcolm
John G. Malcolm focuses on criminal law, immigration, national security and religious liberty as senior legal fellow in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He brings a wealth of legal experience in the private and public sectors to his research, which also includes intellectual property and general constitutional issues.
Malcolm, who joined Heritage in June 2012, previously was general counsel at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom since 2010 as well as a distinguished practitioner in residence at Pepperdine Law School. An independent and bipartisan panel, USCIRF reviews reported violations of religious freedom around the world and makes policy recommendations to the president, the secretary of state and Congress.
From 2004 to 2009, Malcolm was executive vice president and director of worldwide anti-piracy operations for the Motion Picture Association of America.
He served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division from 2001 to 2004, after working as a partner in the Atlanta law firm of Malcolm & Schroeder, LLP since 1997. At Justice, he oversaw sections on computer crime and intellectual property, domestic security, child exploitation and obscenity, and special investigations.
From 1990 to 1997, Malcolm was an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta, assigned to the fraud and public corruption section, and also an associate independent counsel, investigating fraud and abuse in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was honored with the Director’s Award for Superior Performance for his work as an assistant U.S. attorney in the successful prosecution of Walter Leroy Moody Jr., who assassinated an 11th Circuit judge and the head of the Savannah chapter of the NAACP.
Malcolm began his law career as a law clerk to a federal district court judge and a federal appellate court judge as well as an associate at the Atlanta-based law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan (now Sutherland, LLP).
In addition to his duties at Heritage, Malcolm is chairman of the Criminal Law Practice Group of the Federalist Society. He serves on the boards of directors of Global Centurion Foundation (which fights human trafficking) and Enough Is Enough (which strives to protect children from online predators and other dangers).
Malcolm is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia College. Born in New York City, he grew up in Tenafly, N.J. He and his wife, Mary Lee, currently reside in Washington, D.C. They have two adult children, Andy and Amanda.