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Lawyer , National Security Advisor

Thomas E. Donilon, American National Security Advisor, lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia. Recipient Distinguished Service award, United States Department State, 1996.


Donilon, Thomas E. was born on May 14, 1955 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States.


Catholic University of America (Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 1977). University of Virginia School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1985).


Worked at O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Los Angeles, California) specializing in General Civil Litigation, Appellate Practice, and Criminal Trials Practice in all State and Federal Courts. Administrative; Antitrust. Banking; Bankruptcy; Commercial.

Communications; Construction. Corporation and Corporate Financing. Environmental; Immigration and Naturalization.

Insurance Coverage Defense. Intellectual Property. International Business.

Labor and Employment. Employment Benefits; Media and Entertainment. Municipal, Municipal Zoning and Municipal Finance.

Natural Resources; Oil and Gas. Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition. Probate, Trusts and Estate Planning.

Public Utilities; Real Estate. Securities; and Tax Law. Admitted to the bar, 1986, District of Columbia.

Recipient, Catholic University President's Award as Outstanding Graduate and Phi Beta Kappa. Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review, 1982-1983. Office of Congressional Liaison, The White House, 1977-1979.

National Delegation Selection Coordinator, Carter-Mondale Presidential Campaign, 1979-1980. National Campaign Coordinator, Mondale for President, Campaign 1983-1984. General Counsel, Site Selection Committee, Democratic National Convention, 1985.

Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, 1993-1996. Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State, 1994-1996. Recipient, Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award, 1996.

Member: District of Columbia and American Bar Associations. Council on Foreign Relations. (Washington, DC Office).

O'Melveny & Myers LLP, founded over 110 years ago on January 2, 1885, is the oldest law firm in Los Angeles. Since that time, we have grown from two attorneys in two rooms specializing in the local concerns of a frontier community to a firm of more than 500 lawyers involved in matters of regional, national and global concern.


  • Bar: District of Columbia.


Member American Bar Association, Council on Foreign Relations, Phi Beta Kappa., Aspen Strategy Group, Miller Center Public Affairs Governing Council, United States Department Justice Competition Advisory Committee, 1997-2000. Board trustees Brookings Institution, United States Chamber of Commerce.


Married Catherine Russell, December 14, 1991.

Catherine Russell