U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that Thomas J. Perrelli, partner and chair of Jenner & Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, has been selected as a panelist to serve on the department’s independent review of the U.S. Secret Service.
In his statement, Secretary Johnson said:
On Oct. 1, 2014, I announced that Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, aided by the Department’s General Counsel, would assume control and direction of the ongoing inquiry by the U.S. Secret Service of the fence-jumping incident at the White House on Sept. 19. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will complete that review and submit findings to me by Nov. 1, 2014.
By Dec. 15, 2014, the panel will submit to me its own assessment and recommendations concerning security of the White House compound. The security of the White House compound will be the panel’s primary and immediate priority.
The panel is also invited to submit to me recommendations for potential new directors of the Secret Service. I am also requesting that the panel advise me about whether it believes, given the series of recent events, there should be a review of broader issues concerning the Secret Service.
Mr. Perrelli said of his appointment: “I am honored to serve on this panel. I look forward to working with the other panel members to offer recommendations to enhance the security of the White House for this and future Presidents.”
In addition to Mr. Perrelli, the four-person panel includes Mark Filip, former deputy attorney general; Danielle Gray, former cabinet secretary and assistant to the president; and Joseph Hagin, former White House deputy chief of staff for operations.
Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax added, “We are honored that Tom has been appointed to serve on this special government panel. This firm has a long tradition of making contributions in similar public service roles, and we are proud to support him. Tom’s credentials to conduct a review of such public importance are second to none.”
Mr. Perrelli is a nationally recognized litigator who re-joined Jenner & Block as a partner in 2012 after serving for three years as associate attorney general of the United States, the third highest-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, Mr. Perrelli was responsible for the Department’s Civil, Antitrust, Civil Rights, Environment and Natural Resources, and Tax Divisions, the United States Trustee Program, the Office of Justice Programs and the Office on Violence Against Women, among others. Among numerous high-level, multi-party negotiations, he led the Government’s efforts to negotiate a $25 billion settlement to resolve claims against financial institutions for servicing of mortgages and negotiated the creation of a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Mr. Perrelli is the founder and chair of Jenner & Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice. He also serves on the firm's Policy Committee. Mr. Perrelli began practicing law as an associate at Jenner & Block in 1992. He left the firm in 1997 to serve as counsel to then-U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, rising to the position of deputy assistant attorney general before returning to Jenner & Block in 2001.